updated September 4, 2018

We hold rolling auditions each Monday at 5:15 and 5:30 prior to regular rehearsal. Audition appointments will be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Please fill out the form below to schedule. Auditions are by Appointment Only.

Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held May 7th and 9th, 2019.

2018-2019 Audition Registration Form

For current YPSO members: String Seating Auditions are on September 8 for Violins and September 9 for Violas and Celli using the excerpts below as well as a selection of a solo piece that you are comfortable and skilled at playing.

Please read the FAQ at the bottom of the page regarding tuition, rehearsals and YPSO logistics.

2018-2019 Excerpts and Metronome Markings:



Auditions are held at First Congregational Church of Oakland: 2501 Harrison St. Oakland, CA

AUDITIONS ARE HELD BY APPOINTMENT IN 15 MINUTE INTERVALS:  Applicants will be asked to play any three-octave scale, specific excerpts, and a single movement of any piece (kindly provide two photocopies of your piece for the judges).

Once you have registered, we will confirm your audition time and excerpts via email.  For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at  ypso@ypsomusic.org. Percussionists will be asked to demonstrate their skills on a variety of instruments (including but not limited to snare drum and timpani) and should prepare a snare drum or mallet solo from a piece that they have previously worked on.

Musicians will be asked to prepare and play orchestral excerpts at their audition and for most, there will be no sight-reading. The sheet music for the excerpts can be found in the list above along with metronome markings for all instruments. Do not bring an accompanist. Percussionists should bring their own mallets, sticks, etc.

YPSO FAQ's and Logistics


YPSO rehearses most Monday evenings at First Congregational Church of Oakland (2501 Harrison St. Oakland) from 5:45-9:45PM. There is also an annual weekend retreat to Carmel Valley in the Fall and three Saturday afternoon intensives during the year.


There is no audition application fee. Tuition for the 2018-2019 season is $1600 per student. A non-refundable deposit of $400 is due upon acceptance for new members and by August 1 for continuing members. The balance of tuition is due on or before the season opening parent meeting in September. YPSO can offer installment plans as necessary.


YPSO awards partial tuition scholarships with work exchange based on financial need. Scholarship applications are posted with the registration materials under the members section.


There is no specific minimum age, however, there are age considerations. YPSO plays challenging repertoire, rehearsals run three and a half hours and last late into the evening on Mondays, and students generally enjoy participating when they make friends in the orchestra. Most of the students are in late middle school and high school, with a few college age students, too. If you are uncertain about auditioning, please contact the orchestra manager at ypso@ypsomusic.org.