2023-2024 Season Auditions

Youth Symphony of Kansas City is pleased to open audition registration for its 65th Anniversary Season!

Who can audition?

Students in grades 5-12 in the 2023-2024 (upcoming) school year.

Registration Deadline:

May 10, 2023

Audition Registration Fee:

$20 ‘early bird’ rate until April 25. (Audition fee increases to $30 on April 26.) Audition fee is due at the time of registration.

Register HERE for Auditions! 

What happens next?

Upon completion of audition registration, applicant will receive an email with links and directions for uploading audition video materials.

Please find the linked PDF file below that corresponds with your instrument to review the requirements and prepare for your audition video.  Audition videos must be uploaded/received by 11:59 p.m. on May 19, 2023.

What else should I know?

All students auditioning for and accepted into Youth Symphony of Kansas City are strongly encouraged to participate fully as a member of their respective school orchestra/band program, where one exists. Youth Symphony reserves the right to consider student participation in one’s school orchestra/band program as a determining factor in Youth Symphony acceptance and/or final ensemble placement.

Additional program information is listed in the FAQ section below.

Download 2023-2024 Audition Materials

2023-2024 Violin Audition Requirements

2023-2024 Viola Audition Requirements

2023-2024 Cello Audition Requirements

2023-2024 String Bass Audition Requirements

2023-2024 Woodwind and Brass Audition Requirements

2023-2024 Percussion Audition Requirements

Register HERE for Auditions! 

Program activities during the 2023-2024 Season will occur in-person, in accordance with public health guidance and regulations put into effect by local, state or federal authorities.

In the event a public health emergency precludes in-person gatherings, YSKC reserves the right to transition rehearsals and programming online at its discretion.



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.

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.  A full rehearsal schedule is provided at the time of program acceptance.

2023-2024 Season Concerts

Youth Symphony regularly performs at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Yardley Hall at the Midwest Trust Center.  Concert schedules for the coming season will be provided at the time of program acceptance.

What is the financial commitment?

Base Tuition (Tier C) for 2023-2024 orchestras is $800. An annual $35 registration fee is also required.

Youth Symphony of Kansas City is committed to ensuring access to all students accepted into the program, regardless of difficult financial circumstances. To that end, financial assistance is available for families with qualified need.

See complete information about tuition tiers and financial assistance on our Tuition and Fees page.

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.

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.