Symphony Orchestra

Want to play with us? We’d love to have you! Auditions for both new and returning players for the 2018–19 season will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018. If necessary, we can arrange an alternate date in late August or early September for your audition for the 2018–19 season. We can also accept new players for our Winter Set, which begins in January, or our Spring Set, which begins in March. Please start by completing our Audition/Application Form. Once you do, we will contact you to set up your audition. Questions? Email us at and someone will get back to you shortly.

Chamber Music Academy Auditions

Information will be posted when it is available.


  • Strong musical skills and good attitude are the primary requirements for admission to the symphony; these factors are more important than an applicant’s age or how long they have played an instrument.
  • Applicants must be 20 years old or younger, and must be prepared to make a sincere commitment to full rehearsal and concert participation.
  • Private lessons are strongly encouraged but not mandatory. We understand that some applicants may receive instruction through their school music programs. Mueller Scholarships are available through the Santa Cruz Symphony for young musicians who need financial assistance for private lessons. 

Strings and brass are strongly encouraged to apply.

Audition Music

Musicians auditioning for the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony should be prepared to perform the following:

  • Major scales of three octaves for strings and two octaves for winds.  Scales will be selected from keys up to two sharps and flats, and will be selected by instrument to be in appropriate and idiomatic ranges for student players.
  • A prepared piece or etude of approximately three minutes in length. Please bring in a photocopy of the piece for the judges.
  • Sight reading of one or more short musical segments selected by the conductor.
  • August auditions only (this item not necessary for May auditions): One or two short excerpts from music that is part of the Fall Set. Here are the Fall 2018 excerpts. Print them out, practice them, and bring the printouts with you to your audition.

Audition/Application Form

To schedule an audition, please complete our Audition/Application Form.