Membership to YYSO and YES! is open to youth ages 8 to 21 who have met the musical technical requirements for participation. Currently, we have students from 25 schools throughout the Valley in our program.
Tuition for YYSO is $400 per year ($200 per semester). Tuition for YES! is $300 per year ($150 per semester). Tuition is payable in full at the beginning of each season, or may be paid in two installments for fall and spring semesters. Financial assistance may be available. Please inquire through the form on the Contact Us page to learn more.
The YYSO and YES! hold formal auditions. Please check the Calendar Tab for dates and information. Please contact us through the form on the Contact Us page to schedule an audition. Click here for audition requirements.
Spring (April/May) Auditions for next year’s season: Auditions are required for all current and interested student musicians. To sign up, please click here to go to an online audition request form, fill out the form and
press SUBMIT. We will confirm your date and time with you.
Fall Auditions for students who did not audition in April/May: Occur in September.
Winter Auditions for students wishing to join part way through the season: Occur in January.
Mid-season Interest: Please contact us through the form on the Contact Us page.
Chair Seating Auditions: These auditions are held in September and January and determine placement within each section. Audition materials will be shared during rehearsals. Chair seating auditions for strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass) are blind auditions.
Handbook and Forms:
Our policies and procedures are in the Parent & Student Handbook. Once accepted into YES! or YYSO, students must submit an Enrollment Form and Commitment Form, along with a tuition payment. The YYSO and YES! are committed to ensuring participation of as many qualified students in our Valley as possible. We provide financial assistance as we are able and actively seek the support of the Yakima community in this important work. If you are a community member or organization who would like to help us in this area, specifically, please contact us through the form on the Contact Us page. We will be very grateful for your support!
Other forms to download
The Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition is an opportunity for our region’s up-and-coming musicians to prepare and perform for a panel of professional adjudicators.
Safety Note for Families – Weather & Travel:
If we have severe weather conditions, YES! and YYSO rehearsals may be canceled. In this rare event, we will send out an email and otherwise attempt to notify everyone as soon as the decision has been made by our conductors. However, we also urge you to make the best decision for your family. Our musicians travel from all over the Valley and road and weather conditions vary from place to place. If you and/or your teen driver are uncomfortable driving due to the road conditions and/or the weather, then you should stay home and notify your conductor of the reason when it is convenient to do so. While attendance at rehearsals is a critical part of membership in YYSO/YES!, the safety of our children and families is paramount.