Corvallis Youth Symphony Auditions 2020

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Corvallis Youth Symphony’s 2020-2021 Season! To audition for CYS, students must be members of their school instrumental music program and in grades 9-12. 

Due to the challenges presented by Covid-19, this upcoming season will look quite a bit different from past seasons. During the Fall (September-December), CYS will operate as a hybrid program, consisting of a combination of small ensembles (spaced as necessary) and online engagement–including classes, lectures, and interviews with world-renowned musicians, composers, and conductors! In December, we will hold a live-streamed performance of our small instrumental ensembles. We hope to return to full orchestral rehearsals and repertoire in the new year, but will make all decisions based on Oregon Health Authority and school district guidelines. Either way, we plan to deliver quality musical content to the students of the mid-Willamette Valley, as CYSA has done for the past 38 years! 

All auditions will be through Video Submission only. Videos are due by July 10.  See Audition and Video Submission requirements below. Audition results will be emailed to families by Monday, July 20. 

Audition Requirements:


  • 2-octave (minimum) or 3-octave (preferred) major or minor scale of your choice.
  • Contrasting sections (lyrical/technical) from a solo in the standard repertoire. Please prepare no more than 2-3 minutes of each section.


  • Play a 2-octave (minimum) or 3-octave (preferred) major or minor scale of your choice on a mallet instrument or piano.
  • Play one concert snare solo (a solo piece of your choosing, such as from Cirone’s Portraits in Rhythm, or you can use THIS piece). 
  • Optional: Play an etude or piece for mallet instrument. 

Video Submission Requirements

  • Please submit your audition video as a link in the audition submission form below. Your link can be an Unlisted YouTube video link; a Dropbox link; a Google Drive link, or any other large-file sharing service.
  • If you are not able to provide a link for your video file, you can email your audition video file to CYSA Orchestra Manager, Megan Anderson, at
  • Make sure your video audition shows you and your instrument clearly in the shot, and that you are in a well-lit room (avoid filming in front of windows). 
  • Please submit videos in one-take (no editing).
  • Your video will be viewed only by the CYS Conductor and Audition Panel.
  • Please complete this form below, including sharing your video link below or emailing your audition video, by July 10
  • Contact CYSA Orchestra Manager, Megan Anderson, at if you have any questions. 

Student First Name

Student Last Name

Student Cell Phone

Home Phone

Street Address


Zip Code (5 digits)

School (in 2020-2021 school year)

Grade (in 2020-2021 school year)

T-Shirt Size

Parent/Guardian First Name

Parent/Guardian Last Name

Parent/Guardian Cell/Work Phone

Second Parent/Guardian First Name (Optional)

Second Parent/Guardian Last Name (Optional)

Second Parent/Guardian Cell/Work Phone (Optional)

Parent/Guardian Email Address

Second Parent/Guardian Email Address (Optional)

Student Email Address

Emergency Contact Name -- used for rehearsal emergency, other than parent, i.e. neighbor or family friend

Relationship of Emergency Contact

Emergency Phone


The number of years played

How many years in JHS?

How many years in Elementary Strings?

Invited by whom or where you learned about CYS

School band/orchestra

Private Teacher

Mailing List Preference

I want to receive CYSA program information via USPS once a year.

Submit link to audition video here (Options: Unlisted YouTube video link; Dropbox link; Google Drive link). If you need to attach a file instead of a link, email file to

Audition results will be emailed to families by Monday, July 20.