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PSYE Auditions

Audition registration for the PSYE 2019-2020 season is now closed. Submission of an application does not guarantee an audition time. Please email for more details.

Auditions will take place in June 2019. Please see the table below to find the audition date(s) for your specific instrument. Please note that we are not able to accommodate any audition times outside of these dates. Thank you!

Audition Dates

(alpha order)
Audition Date 1 Audition Date 2 Audition Date 3
Bassoon Sun., June 16, 2019    
Clarinet Mon., June 17, 2019    
Euphonium Sat., June 22, 2019    
Flute Sun., June 16, 2019 Mon., June 17, 2019  
French Horn Fri., June 21, 2019    
Harp Sun., June 16, 2019    
Oboe Sun., June 16, 2019    
Percussion Fri., June 21, 2019 Sat., June 22, 2019  
Piano Sun., June 16, 2019    
PSSS Bass Sat., June 15, 2019    
PSSS Cello Sat., June 15, 2019 Sun., June 16, 2019  
PSSS Viola Sat., June 15, 2019    
PSSS Violin Sat., June 15, 2019 Sun., June 16, 2019 Mon., June 17, 2019
PSYO Bass Sat., June 15, 2019    
PSYO Cello Fri., June 21, 2019 Sat., June 22, 2019  
PSYO Viola Fri., June 21, 2019    
PSYO Violin Fri., June 21, 2019 Sat., June 22, 2019 Sun., June 23, 2019
Saxophone Sun., June 23, 2019    
Trombone Sat., June 22, 2019    
Trumpet Mon., June 17, 2019    
Tuba Sat., June 22, 2019    


Are You Eligible?

Members of PSYE must meet the following requirements during the 2019-20 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, 2019:

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 Associate 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