2021-2022 Season Auditions

This season’s auditions have concluded.
If interested in joining at a later date, please contact Director of Operations, Russ Pieken, rpieken@youthsymphonykc.org


All auditions will be done via video.  Students are responsible for recording their own audition videos.  All videos must be uploaded to YouTube (instructions will be provided).

Each instrument has a packet of audition materials available for download.  You will download your respective instrument’s audition packet for specific audition requirements. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view each packet.

  1. Selected solo piece of choice (2-4 minutes in length)
    Selected music should demonstrate the highest levels of musicianship and skills.
  2. Woodwind/Brass players must perform a two or three octave chromatic scale of choice.

String players must choose and perform one of four provided orchestral excerpts (based on grade level).

Students may only audition on one instrument.







In the event regulations preclude in-person gatherings, YSKC reserves the right to transition rehearsals and programming online as necessary.

2021-2022 Season rehearsals will occur in-person, in accordance with public health guidance and regulations imposed by local, state or federal authorities.
Read our FAQs about safety, rehearsals and performances.


PROGRAM FAQ (click for information)

Below are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive regarding the Youth Symphony program and the audition process.

What is a full orchestra?

A full orchestra is a musical ensemble that includes instruments from all four common instrument familes: string, woodwind, brass and percussion.

What is PercussionKC?

Students selected for PercussionKC, an advanced ensemble, will rehearse and perform in both percussion ensemble and symphonic orchestra settings. 

When and where are rehearsals?

Rehearsals take place at The Loretto, 1111 W. 39th St. in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday afternoons during the school year, except for certain holidays. All dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

PercussionKC rehearsals will take place Sunday afternoons at a location to be determined.

All other ensembles will rehearse at The Loretto, 1111 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo. 

2021-2022 Season Concerts

Please continue to check our website for updated concert information.

What is the financial commitment?

Tuition for all 2021 season ensembles is $790 including an annual $35 registration fee. Our goal is to reduce barriers to participation – financial assistance is available for families with qualified need.  Across the span of the year, ensemble fees equate to less than $10.00 per hour of instruction.  See below about Financial Aid.

See complete information on our Tuition and Fees page.

Is financial aid available?

Yes! Youth Symphony of Kansas City is committed to assisting students whose families demonstrate qualified financial need. Once the audition process is complete, a Financial Aid application form will be made available to all students offered a position in one of our orchestras. All applications are held in the strictest of confidence. No merit-based scholarships are available at this time.

Does my child need to have a private instructor to participate?

No. Private study is not required in order to participate, but it is strongly encouraged. Statistically, students who study privately audition more successfully.

AUDITIONS FAQ (click for information)

Who is eligible to audition?

Young musicians residing within the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area and surrounding region who are beginning 5th grade through 12th grade. Due to last year’s disrupted season, for the 2021-2022, 2020-2021 seniors are welcome and encourage to audition.

My child has never auditioned. Isn’t it difficult to get accepted?

All students – regardless of previous program participation – are required to audition each year. This enables us to place all students based on ability at the level of orchestra that is right for them. Because we offer a comprehensive program at varying ability levels, most musicians participating in the program enjoy an enhanced orchestral experience.

How do you determine which ensemble is right for my child?

Judges will listen to your video recordings and recommend program acceptance and ensemble placement. Judges will rate your performance in the areas of tone quality, pitch accuracy, rhythm, technique, intonation, expression, and preparedness.
Acceptance and ensemble placement is based on criteria listed above in addition to grade level, instrumentation needs and orchestra/ensemble availability.