The Mid-Columbia Youth Orchestras (MCYO) has begun its 2023-2024 season. We are excited to welcome back our young musicians and meet new ones. Auditions are currently underway and our concert dates will be available soon.

Additional auditions are open until 6 weeks before the performance. These auditions are held throughout the year on Thursdays after rehearsal. Please fill out the Audition Form below and we will reach out to schedule your audition. 

The last day for 2023/24 auditions are:
October 19, 2023 (Term 1)
January 18, 2024 (Term 2)
April 25, 2024 (Term 3)

Audition Information

*No Piano Accompaniment Needed*
Youth Symphony Audition Information:  Ages 12+

Be Prepared To:

  1. Play a solo of your choosing, no more than 2 minutes
  2. Play 3 two-octave major scales(Strings: play at least 1 scale with a minimum of 3 flats, Woodwinds & Brass: play at least 1 scale with a minimum of 3 sharps)
  3. Play a short sight-reading excerpt.

Cadet Strings Audition Information:  Most Ages

Be Prepared To:

  1. Play a solo of your choosing, no more than 1 minute.
  2. Play 3 one-octave major scales of your choosing.
  3. Play a short sight-reading excerpt.

For additional questions, please contact Pamela Harvey Kizito at

Audition Form

Audition Form

Musician's Information

MCYS members are required to participate in school band or orchestra where available. If unavailable, they will need to submit a “School Participation Exemption Form” signed by their director or private teacher. If this is the case, enter N/A or Unavailable for this and the next item.
Floutists: Do you also play Piccolo?
Oboists: Do you also play English Horn?

Parent Information

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Apprentice Program

The Mid-Columbia Youth Orchestra (MCYO) Apprentice Program provides additional opportunities for students with extraordinary abilities and dedication within the MCYO organization. Students who are eligible and are accepted after the audition process will hold regular seats in the Mid-Columbia Symphony concert season, for as many concerts as their schedule allows with a minimum of two concerts. The students will have to submit an audition and must be approved by both the MCYO Director and the MCS Director. The Apprenticeship document is a version of the MCS Seated Musicians contract.