San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory 2016-17 Auditions - August


Registration for the 2016-17 season is now closed to current students. 

Registration is still OPEN for NEW students and in sections with vacancies.
Deadline to register is Monday, July 25, 2016 at 12 noon.

Ages 8 to 25 from beginner to pre-professional
12 Conservatory ensembles rehearsing in Balboa Park 
Minimum standards apply for ensemble placement; classes open to all who audition.

SDYS' Conservatory Programs have three ensemble levels:

  • Debut Classes and Inspiration Program: SDYS entry-level group instruction and foundational ensembles.
  • Showcase Program: Intermediate-level ensembles.
  • Ovation Program: Advanced and pre-professional ensembles.

Each program has its own Musicians' Handbook which outlines audition requirements, attendance requirements, rehearsal and concert calendars, and other details. Please find these handbooks below.

Read our FAQ page here.




Please find below Musicians' Handbook for the three SDYS programs. Before making your decisions to register online we advise you make sure you are auditioning for the correct program and can fulfill the attendance requirements.

Debut Classes &
Inspiration Program
Foundational classes and ensembles
Showcase Program
Intermediate ensembles 
 Ovation Program
Advanced ensembles


Financial Aid Application

Need-based financial aid for tuition is available for musicians, but applying for financial aid does not guarantee approval. Financial aid is not available for the registration fee. Families of a student auditioning for SDYS may submit a fully completed financial aid application with all required documents. Please see the Musicians' Handbooks for full details regarding financial aid applications.

Download the Financial Aid Application Form here.  (English)

La solicitud de ayuda financiera está disponible para la próxima temporada aquí.  (Español)