Affiliate: Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra


2022-23 Season Auditions: Scroll down for audition requirements.
Mondays: May 16 and May 23, in-person; sign up in advance
Video auditions – submission deadline of May 30 at 11:59pm (Pacific).
Sign-up form here!

Our Orchestras: Established in 1965, the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) gives student musicians ages 8-21 an opportunity to play music in a full symphony orchestra. Participation is by audition; students pay tuition to support operational expenses. Students from throughout the Yakima Valley rehearse weekly under the direction of Bruce Walker. Musical rigor is high; musicianship expectations also are high with strict attendance requirements and adherence to professional standards of conduct. The YYSO facilitates the Yakima Ensemble for Strings (YES!) under the direction of Christy Baisinger to provide younger string players a similar symphonic opportunity. 

Rehearsals and Performances: YYSO and YES rehearse on Monday evenings. YYSO rehearses from 6:30-8:30pm. YES rehearses from 6:30-7:30pm. Concerts occur on Sunday afternoons/evenings. The annual fundraiser is held on a Saturday evening. For details, please explore our calendar.

For information and/or to contact the youth symphony, please use the YSO CONTACT US form or email

Helpful Links:
Link: YYSO-YES 2019-20 Calendar (our 2021-22 calendar is under construction) 
Link: YYSO-YES Registration Form (will be sent via email upon successful audition)
Link: YYSO-YES Student Handbook 
Link: YYSO Concert Attire Guidelines
Link: YYSO-YES Student Financial Assistance Request Form: please request via email (
Link: YYSO Concerto Competition Form
Link: YYSO-YES Parent Volunteer Policy and Link: YYSO-YES Parent Volunteer “Opt-Out” Policy and Form
Link: Benefits of Youth Symphony
Link: Youth Symphony Brochure 
Auditions for the 2022-23 Season:

Step #1 for All students: Complete the audition form by clicking Here

Yakima Ensemble for Strings (YES!) Auditions – Minimum requirements for participation are: Typically students are through Book 2 of a Strings Book Series. Students can play flats. Cellists know extension positions.
Step #2 for YES Auditions: In-Person Audition or Zoom Audition or Recorded Audition 
1) Play your favorite scale (up to four sharps or four flats)
2) A short prepared solo
3) The designated measures or section of the
For Etude designated measures or sections click on this link
Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) Auditions – Requirements for participation are: Scales – One major and minor for all instruments [Strings: 3 octave scale and demonstrate spiccato and legato bow strokes] [Winds and Brass: 2 to 3 octave scale and demonstrate fast, slow, legato, staccato with fast tonguing]; solo of choice that demonstrates technical and lyrical ability (you may choose two different pieces); designated measures or section of the Etude. 
Step #2 for YYSO Auditions: In-Person Audition or Zoom Audition or Recorded Audition 
1 Two scales with up to seven sharps or seven flats (one major and one melodic minor)
2) A solo of choice that best demonstrates your technical and lyrical abilities
3) The designated measures or section of the Etude
For Etude designated measures or sections click on this link
Step #3 for Violinists interested in auditioning for 2022-23 Season YYSO Concertmaster: please complete this form. Submit it to the YYSO by email ( by May 30, 2022.
This program is supported in part by grants from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and from the Washington State Arts Commission in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Commerce.

2021-22 Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra Governing Committee
Chair: Betsy McCann
Secretary: Krista Dominguez
Treasurer: Rosalinda Ibarra
Member: Marianne Ball
Member: Tiffany Chapman
Member: Britteny Grow
Member: Jeff Gu
Member: Amae Merrill*
* denotes YSO Board Affiliate Liaison