Youth Symphony Auditions in Kansas City

2024/25 Season Auditions

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Auditioning for Youth Symphony of Kansas City

Auditions to YSKC for the upcoming academic year (2024/25) close May 10th, 2024. All application materials, including the registration fee and audition video, must be submitted by this date.

After registering an inquiry, applicants are given access to our admissions portal, where they are asked to submit a recording of the required audition materials (typically a spoken personal statement describing why the candidate wishes to join YSKC, an age-appropriate orchestral excerpt and a 2-3 minute solo of the candidate’s choosing).

Candidates will be notified of their offer of acceptance by May 15th and must accept their place by June 1st. Upon acceptance, students will be asked to complete a short placement test to be assigned a position in a YSKC orchestra that best meets their immediate educational needs. There are several similar check-ins and technical tests throughout the academic year to ensure that each student is thriving in the best educational environment for them. Students may continue in or can occasionally be moved to orchestras that more closely match their pace of comfort and development during the academic year. The Artistic Director collaborates with our conductors to engage students and parents, ensuring that the Youth Symphony of Kansas City delivers a personalized, expert-driven education to all musicians.

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How to Audition for YSKC 

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Auditions at-a-Glance


Students in grades 4-12 in the 2024-2025 school year are eligible for one of YSKC’s six ensembles.

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Application Deadlines & Fees

Early-bird, reduced fee: April 15, 2024
Final application deadline: May 10, 2024

$20 early bird rate until April 15. (Audition fee increases to $50 on April 16.) The audition fee is due at the time of registration. Use code YSKC30 at checkout to activate the early-bird registration rate!




Candidates will be notified of their offer of acceptance by May 15th and must accept their place by June 1st.

Following their acceptance, students will be provided instructions for completing and submitting a placement test. Placement tests are due by June 30th.

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If you are interested in auditioning for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, click below to start your application TODAY!

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YSKC Artistic Staff

The YSKC Artistic Staff includes conductors for all of our large ensembles – Steven D. Davis, Raffaele Cipriano, Michelle Davis, Amanda Kremer and Anna Cook – as well as our world-renowned chamber coaches and our Educators-in-Residence, the Opus 76 Quartet.

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