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PSYE Auditions


Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to put all in-person PSYE activities, including rehearsals, performances, retreats and special events of any kind, on hiatus for the coming 2020-21 season. As such, no PSYE in-person activities will be offered, no new members will be accepted, and no participation fees will be assessed. 

We anticipate that we will hold our 2021-22 season auditions as planned in June 2021. Audition materials will be available in March 2021. Please contact PSYE@pacificsymphony.org with any questions.

Are You Eligible?

Members of PSYE must meet the following requirements during the 2021-22 season:

  1. Actively participate with your school music program to the satisfaction of your school music director.

  2. Study the instrument you are auditioning on with a private teacher.

  3. Meet the following grade/age requirements as of September 1, 2021:

a.     Santiago Strings – Grades 6-9

b.    Youth Wind Ensemble – Grades 8-12

c.    Youth Orchestra – Grades 9-12

Audition Requirements

The audition process, which lasts between 7-10 minutes, requires you to prepare and adequately implement two musical components:

  1. Solo - Please prepare one solo of your choice which best demonstrates your playing ability. Solos should be a 2-3 minute selection performed without an accompanist. Bring three printed copies of your solo for the adjudicators. (For piano, harp and percussion solo requirements, please see the excerpt page for your respective instrument).

  2. Required Excerpts – You will be expected to prepare all excerpts assigned to your instrument by Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles. During your audition, you may be asked to play all or a portion of the required excerpts as determined by your adjudicator.

Please feel free to contact a PSYE staff member with any questions or concerns.

Contact us: psye@PacificSymphony.org

Artistic Staff

Jacob SustaitaMusic Director, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor, Pacific Symphony
Gregory X. WhitmoreMusic Director, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble
Irene KroesenMusic Director, Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings
Carl St.ClairArtistic Advisor

Administrative Staff

Shawne ZarubicaDirector of Youth Ensembles
Nicole Kroesen, Youth Ensemble Manager
Bridget Bow, Santiago Strings String Coach
Danielle Liu, Youth Quartet Coordinator
Maranda Li, Youth Ensembles Intern