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Youth Ensembles
Audition Information

Santa Barbara Symphony Youth Ensembles

2024-2025 Audition Information

As the only youth orchestra program in the region connected to a professional symphony and a college, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s multi-level Youth Ensembles program presents a unique learning opportunity for young musicians to develop their skills and connect with music and each other. Learn more about the program and each of the ensembles below.

APPLY NOW to join the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Youth Ensembles for the 2024-25 season!

All three orchestra levels are open to strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Need-based scholarships are available, and admitted musicians will not be turned away due to finances.

Auditions were held in June. Additional students are welcome to apply as follows:

Camerata Ensemble (beginner): accepting applications for all instruments. Particularly seeking oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, trombone, percussion, viola, double bass.

Philharmonia Orchestra (intermediate): accepting applications for all instruments. Particularly seeking clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trombone, percussion, viola, cello, double bass.

Youth Symphony (advanced): accepting applications for the following instruments only: oboe, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass.

Video auditions due August 15

For questions or further information, please contact us at [email protected] or 805-898-1417

SAVE THE DATE

Thursday, August 15: Deadline for video auditions

Sunday, September 8: Rehearsals begin

PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION

To prepare for your audition, please refer to the details below and practice all listed requirements for your instrument and level.

All new and returning students are required to audition each year. Our conductors will place each student in the ensemble that best matches their current skill level.

Audition Requirements

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