Audition Information

For Conservatory Season 2020 – 2021

To safeguard our students and staff, SDYS auditions will be made by video and submitted online through the Acceptd platform.


Students will be able to begin submitting their online audition videos on Friday, May 8, after our June registration period has closed.

  • Registration period for Returning Students: Closed
  • Audition period for students who registered before May 8 (except percussionists): May 8 – June 5, 2020
  • Registration period for NEW students only: April 6 – July 23, 2020
  • Audition period for students who register after May 8: TBD after July 23, 2020.

At San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS), we offer every student musician at any level the opportunity to participate in one of our 13+ orchestras and wind ensembles.

Additional Information on Audition Requirements

Requirements for video auditions have not changed from our traditional audition requirements, but they will be clarified at the opening of the submission period. Students may upload audition videos between Friday, May 8 and Friday, June 5, when the June audition period closes. All returning students (except percussionists) must audition by June 5.

All percussionists auditioning for the SDYS 2020-2021 season will audition on August 1 and 2 during our audition cycle usually reserved for new students. We recognize that the wide range of instruments needed to successfully complete an audition are currently unavailable. We look forward to hearing you in person later this summer!

We will do our best to keep you informed with any additional pertinent information related to this year’s audition process. Students should be familiar with the audition expectations found in the 2020-2021 Audition Handbook which can be downloaded below.

Please call the SDYS office at 619.233.3232 or email with any further questions.


Download the Full 2020-2021 SEASON AUDITION HANDBOOK – PDF

Includes instructions, recommendations, requirements and more for ALL ensembles. Please download and review the audition requirements for all levels in the Auditions Handbook and select those that you are most confident in being able to demonstrate well for a particular level. Your private music teacher, if you have one, can also help you select the requirements that you should practice for your audition.


Prelude Musicians’ Handbook (beginner level) | Información en español
Inspiration Musicians’ Handbook (foundational level) | Información en español
Showcase Musicians’ Handbook (intermediate level | Información en español
Ovation Musicians’ Handbook (pre-professional level) | Información en español

All students who are interested in or planning on joining SDYS must review policies outlined in the SDYS Musicians’ Handbooks. If you are unsure which handbook is most applicable to you, please visit our Ensembles page to find the ensemble best-suited to your current level.


Prelude Season Calendar (beginner level)
Inspiration Season Calendar (foundational level)
Showcase Season Calendar (intermediate level)
Ovation Season Calendar (pre-professional level)

The season calendars are also included at the back of each Musicians’ Handbook which you can download above.

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