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Thank you for choosing to audition for the SDYS 2021-2022 season on Acceptd!

To start an application, please choose whether to audition for the next ensemble up or to reseat in your current ensemble. All high school students will have their audition heard by the Music Director. 

Prior to selecting the ensemble you wish to audition for, please be sure to view all Ensemble Audition Requirements

You are required to upload the following materials:

  1. Headshot (selfies are OK!)
  2. Scale video 
  3. Solo video (play entire piece or movement that best displays your abilities)
  4. Prepared excerpt video (if recording multiple excerpts, record them all in one video)

You may also refer to our Audition Handbook for helpful audition tips and other important information. 

Please review some helpful tips on creating a successful audition video

Important Dates
October 15 - 25: New Student Audition Period
October 25: Last day of auditions!
November 5: Placement notifications sent, including tuition and tuition assistance decisions
November 12: *Tuition Due*
November 18: New student orientation (via Zoom, 7-8 pm)
November 20th & November 21st: Second concert period rehearsals begin

SDYS Ensembles Progression Chart 


Chamber Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra     Wind Orchestra       


           Sinfonia       Wind Symphony


Concert Orchestra       Concert Winds    


Symphonic Strings

Overture Strings        Overture Winds


Debut Strings        Debut Winds

Beginning Strings

Please review the age requirements for all SDYS ensembles: 
**Age Requirement by September 1, 2021**

 Level             |     Minimum            |                  Maximum 


Beginning Strings                               7 years / 2nd grade                  12 years / 7th grade
Debut Strings & Debut Winds            8 years / 3rd grade                     5 years / 10th grade


Overture Strings, Overture Winds, 
& Symphonic Strings                          8 years / 3rd grade                    17 years / 12th grade 


Concert Orchestra, Concert Winds     10 years / 5th grade                  19 years
& Philharmonia

Sinfonia & Wind Symphony                 12 years / 7th grade                  19 years

9th grade                                   22 years


Please call the Conservatory Team at 619.233.3232 x 4 or email with any audition-related questions. Thank you!

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.