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 $430 per year ($215 per semester). Tuition for YES! is $330 per year ($165 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, depending on available funds.


Auditions for the 2018-19 Season will be held in May and June. Auditions have begun and more are being scheduled. To sign up for an audition, please send us an email via In the email, please include your full name, your instrument, number of years playing this instrument, your grade in school for the 2018-19 season and preferred audition session(s).

Please do not use the “Contact Us” form at this time. It is not working properly. Thank you!

Audition Dates and Times: The next set of audition dates is being confirmed. We will post these dates soon.

Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) Spring 2018 Auditions
*Link to General Information and Requirements
*Link to Concertmaster Audition Information and Requirements
*Link to Audition Excerpts [open and scroll down to find the excerpt for your instrument; print only the page(s) for your instrument]

Yakima Ensemble for Strings (YES!) Auditions (all sessions) – Minimum requirements for participation are:
*Typically students are through Book 2 of a Strings Book Series.
*Students can play flats.
*Cellists know extension positions.
*The audition will consist of playing scales, a short prepared piece and sight-reading.

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.

YYSO 2017 Regular Auditions for Orchestra Members and Concertmaster (April/May Auditions): Follow this link for General Information, Excerpts and Requirements


Handbook and Forms:

Our policies and procedures are in the Parent & Student Handbook. Once accepted into YES! or YYSO, students must submit a Registration 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 grateful for your support!

Click here to download the YYSO-YES! Handbook

Other forms to download

Registration Form

Financial Assistance Form

Concert Attire Form

Absence Appeal Form

Graduating Seniors Bio Form

Concerto Competition

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.

Click here for more information and a Concerto Competition enrollment form


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.

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