What is a “full orchestra”?

“Full orchestra” refers to an ensemble that includes string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

What instruments are accepted?

SCCYS holds auditions for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute (+piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, percussion, and harp. Auditions for piano and saxophone are not held.

Am I eligible to audition?

If you are 20 years old or younger, and prepared to make a sincere commitment to full rehearsal and concert participation, you are eligible to audition.

How do I apply to audition?

Submit an Audition Application online.

How much does the audition cost?

There is currently no fee to apply to SCCYS.

Can I audition for two instruments?

You may audition for more than one instrument, but you must send in separate applications for each instrument.

What music do I play?

You are responsible for making sure that you have the correct audition excerpts, which will be made available on our web site on our Audition Info page.

When are the auditions?

Please visit our Audition Info page to see the upcoming audition dates.

How will I know when my audition is?

After you submit your audition application, you will be notified by email as to when your audition appointment will be.

Where are the auditions held?

Auditions are generally held at the University of California Santa Cruz Music Department.  Your audition time confirmation email will also confirm the location of your audition.

What if I can’t audition on the scheduled day?

If you are not able to make the specified audition day and time, some exceptions can be made if you contact SCCYS in advance. Please email Laura McShane directly.

If I am accepted, how much does it cost?

Cost to you per season = $780 annually

Is financial aid available?

Need-based financial aid is available for tuition. You may request a financial aid application upon registration.

If I am accepted, what is expected of me?

Joining SCCYS means that you are making a year-long commitment. You must 1) attend all rehearsals and concerts, 2) practice and prepare your music, and 3) abide by all rules of conduct and SCCYS policies found in the student handbook.

Do I have to participate in my school’s music program?

It is a requirement that if you perform with SCCYS, you must also participate in your school’s music program, if it exists.

Do I have to take private lessons?

We require you take private lessons to enhance your SCCYS experience. If you need help finding a teacher please contact Nathaniel Berman.

When are rehearsals?

Rehearsals are held every Sunday evening from the end of August through mid-May. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts. The 2015-2016 rehearsal schedule is outlined below:

Rehearsal Location
The Georgiana Bruce Kirby School
425 Encinal Street in Harvey West Industrial Park (behind Costco).
Rehearsal Schedule
Sundays 6:15 – 8:30pm
For details on exact dates, please check our Calendar page.

What if I played in SCCYS last year?

You must re-audition for your seat in the orchestra. Acceptance into SCCYS will be based on your current level of playing, not prior membership in the orchestra. Auditions for returning players are typically held in late August.