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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
July 22 - August 2: New Student Audition Period
August 2: Last day of auditions!
August 11: Placement notifications sent, including tuition and tuition assistance decisions
August 20: *Tuition Due*
August 28th: Season's First Downbeat
September 11th & September 12th: First weekend rehearsals in Balboa Park

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.