The Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras is hosting a second-round of auditions for the 2021-2022 season! While we traditionally encourage all musicians to apply, there are limited positions available for select instruments during this audition round. For this reason, please see the following instrument requests for each of the ensembles before proceeding in the audition process:

Youth Orchestra (Grades 9-12)

Percussionists, Bassoons, French Horns, Clarinets, Cellos, Violas

Cadet Orchestra (Grades 7-10)

Bassoons, Trombones, Tubas, French Horns, String Basses

Chamber Strings (Grades 6-9)

Violas, Cellos, String Basses

Junior Strings (Grades 3-7)

Violas, String Basses

We ask that if you do not meet the above criteria that you audition with us in the Spring of 2022! Students who submitted an audition during the first round (April-May) are NOT permitted to submit an audition during the second round.


To submit an audition, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Complete the Online Audition Application and submit the Audition Fee. All CSYO ensemble applications can be found below. The fee can be paid either online (with additional fees) or by mailing a check. Details can be found on the application and Audition Materials. 

Youth Orchestra Audition Application

Cadet Orchestra Audition Application

Chamber Strings Audition Application

Junior Strings Audition Application 


Step 2: Prepare and submit your audition. Once you complete the online application, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a link to the Audition Materials document. The Audition Materials include audition requirements and upload instructions.


Second-Round Auditions are due by 11:00pm Friday, August 6th


Audition Excerpts: Please see the links below if you’d like to preview the required audition excerpts. The excerpts can also be found in the Audition Materials document applicants receive. Please note that you do not have to purchase any of the music excerpts. 

Youth Orchestra Excerpts                                 Cadet Orchestra Excerpts 

Chamber Strings Excerpt 1 and Excerpt 2        Junior Strings Excerpts


Anyone who auditioned during the first round of auditions (April-May) and did not receive their audition result or ensemble registration information should contact the Youth Orchestras Manager at as soon as possible. 


For more information on each of the CSYO ensembles, visit the ensemble tabs on the upper left-hand corner of the page. 

If you have any questions or difficulties, send an email to the Youth Orchestras Manager at