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PSYE Auditions

Audition registration for the PSYE 2018-19 season is now closed. Auditions materials for the 2019-20 season will be available in March 2019 and auditions will take place in June 2019. Please contact for specific inquiries.

Are You Eligible?

Members of PSYE must meet the following requirements during the 2018-19 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, 2018:

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:

Artistic Staff

Roger KaliaMusic 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
Oscar Esteves, Youth Orchestra manager
Nicole Kroesen, Youth Wind Ensemble manager
Daniel C. Jacobs, Santiago Strings manager
Bridget Bow, Santiago Strings string coach
Danielle Liu, Youth Quartet Coordinator