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?
Visit our Audition Information page, then click the link on that page to get to our online application form.
How much does the audition cost?
There is 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?
When are the auditions?
How will I know when my audition is?
After you submit your audition application, Operations Manager Gerry Mandel will contact you with your audition time.
Where are the auditions held?
Auditions are generally held at the UC Santa Cruz Music Center. 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. Please email Operations Manager Gerry Mandel directly.
If I am accepted, how much does it cost?
Tuition per season (September through May) is $800. Students who join the orchestra at the beginning or our winter or spring set will have their tuition pro-rated.
Is financial aid available?
Need-based financial aid is available for tuition. You may request financial aid on your application.
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?
If you perform with SCCYS, you must also participate in your school’s music program, if there is one.
Do I have to take private lessons?
We require that you take private lessons to enhance your SCCYS experience. If you need help finding a teacher please contact Nathaniel Berman.
When and where are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are held every Sunday evening from September through mid-May. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts. The rehearsal schedule is outlined below:
The Georgiana Bruce Kirby School
425 Encinal Street in Harvey West Industrial Park (behind Costco)
Sundays, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
On 3-day holiday weekends, rehearsals shift to Mondays, same time
For the full schedule, please visit our Calendar page
What if I played in SCCYS last year?
Returning musicians must submit a new application and attend an audition to determine your seat in the orchestra. Acceptance into SCCYS will be based on your current level of playing, not prior membership in the orchestra. Visit our Audition Information page for dates and a link to the application.