We Are Here For Young Musicians! 

The Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras is committed to supporting the lives of young musicians and their families through professional and enriching rehearsals and performances. We are here to serve and inspire the passionate music-makers of central Ohio and elevate our community through musical excellence and innovation.



Auditions for the 2023-2024 season are now closed. Thank you to all of our applicants! We look forward to reviewing your video!

Audition results are still being reviewed. Please allow for another week of results to be sent. Applicants will receive results in the mail. 

If you do not receive your result by JUNE 16, please contact [email protected]



  1. The CSYO Audition Fee is $40.00 and can be paid online or via check. Checks can be made out to "CSYO Audition Fee, Attn. Nia Dewberry" and mailed to 55 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215. Checks must be postmarked by the deadline to be considered.
  2. All Audition Videos must be submitted in ONE continuous take with all the requirements included. Editing or stitching individual together videos is not permitted. 
  3. Musicians MUST take weekly lessons with a private teacher AND participate in their school music ensemble* on their instrument for which they participate in CSYO. For more information on requirements, please see the Audition Booklet below. 
  4. Ensemble grade parameters are NOT FLEXIBLE. Limited exceptions can be made. Students should consult CSYO staff and private teachers on the right ensemble fit for them prior to auditioning. 

*This requirement may ONLY be exempt for homeschool students, class conflicts, or schools that do not offer a school ensemble.



2023-24 Audition Requirements

The CSYO Program offers challenging, engaging, and unique musical experiences for musicians seeking to improve their musicianship! Each of our four ensembles have different Audition Requirements as part of the musical experience. To view each of the ensemble’s requirements, click the listing below!

View Audition Requirements

Audition Booklet

Our Audition Booklet provides more information about who we are, program eligibility and requirements, ensemble tuition costs, audition process details, and the audition requirements. To learn more about each ensemble directly, you may visit their ensemble page located in the menu on the top left of the page.

View Audition Booklet 

Recording Tips

Need some advice on how to record your audition? Want to learn about what microphone is best or what settings to put your device on? See our recording tips below! 

Tips to Record Your Audition 


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For more information on each of the CSYO ensembles, visit the ensemble tabs on the upper left-hand corner of the page, see our Audition Booklet, or attend one of our concerts! Information can be found on our Facebook Page and all concerts are FREE!


Have questions about auditions or our CSYO Program? You can find answers in our FAQ or send an email to the Education Coordinator at [email protected]

Updated 6/2/23