Public, private, and home school students through 21 years old are welcome to audition! All musicians are expected to participate in their school instrumental music programs, when such programs exist. By participating in a school instrumental music program, students benefit by playing every day, become better sight-readers, and play an important part in helping to build meaningful music programs in the schools and communities.
School Music Ensemble Participation Requirement
Salem Youth Symphony, in support of public and private school music programs, requires students to be enrolled in a musical ensemble offered at their school for their instrument. Wind and percussion instrumentalists will participate in their school band program. String instrumentalists will participate in their school orchestra program. The policy does not apply to students whose educational setting does not offer a musical ensemble for their instrument.
Returning students need to audition each year because it helps the conductors plan and reserve positions in the orchestras.
Interested in participating in one of our orchestras?
Auditions are held in June, September and January. Our next auditions will be held on
1. June 3, 2017 for Amadeus Players, current Amadeus Players auditioning for Philharmonia, and all returning and new Youth Symphony members.
Location: First Christian Church, 685 Marion St. NE
2. June 7, 2017 for new and returning Philharmonia members.
Location: Howard St. Charter School, 710 Howard St. SE
3. September 23, 2017 for new members.
The preparatory group, the Mozart Players, is a non-audition group. Please call Joyce Epp (503-485-2244) or email with your intent to participate!
Schedule your audition appointment
Please contact Joyce Epp by phone, 503-485-2244, or email. Auditions are FREE.
Player profile form
You can complete your Player Profile form at your audition, or email it, or mail it to P.O. Box 1113, Salem, OR 97308. This form is essential for communication and includes your emergency contacts and medical release.
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