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Talented young musicians join the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra for a number of reasons — for the challenge of playing advanced orchestral repertoire, for the opportunity to work with the world-class musicians of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and for the chance to play with a large ensemble of musically accomplished peers. Many SLSYO musicians go on to pursue careers in music with the confidence and knowledge gained through their experience with the SLSYO, including six current members of the SLSO.


 In order to ensure the safety of our student musicians and their families, we are making changes to the preliminary audition process this year. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the mandatory social-distancing measures in place, all students participating in the preliminary round will submit a recorded audition. This way you can prepare your audition from the safety and comfort of your home. SLSO musicians will listen to the recordings to determine who will move on to the final round.

 Due to this change, the application and audition dates have been extended.

Online application deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020
Recorded auditions must be received by:
Friday, April 17, 2020

Additional information about recorded auditions can be found here: Recorded Audition Guidelines



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Presented by:

Kathleen Clucas

Supported by:

ESCO Technologies Foundation
G.A., Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation