Affiliate: Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra


Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra & Yakima Ensemble for Strings Masterclass with Lawrence Golan, Yakima Symphony Orchestra Music Director. Monday, November 9, 2020; 6:30-7:30pm (Pacific). A real-time, virtual event. Tickets $10.00 via Brown Paper Tickets (click here). We will send participants a link to the Zoom session.

Thank you Ted Brown Music for donating AMAZING accessories to the YYSO and YES for use in our 20-21 Season Virtual Program!
Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra Yakima Ensemble for Strings Fall Auditions: October 10 – November 30, 2020. Rolling Admission w/ Pro-Rated Tuition. Scroll down for information about audition requirements and to sign up for an audition

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. 2020 Fall Semester Virtual Program: September 14 – December 14 (14 sessions including masterclasses and sectionals)!

For information about the YYSO and YES! please visit Note: The YYSO website is currently off-line. At this time you may contact the youth symphony via the YSO CONTACT US form or via

Helpful Links:
Link: YYSO-YES 2019-20 Calendar (updated 8/19/2019) 2020-21 Calendar in progress
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 2020-21 Season: There are two (2) options: a live audition via Zoom or a recorded audition.

Step #1 for All students:
1) Complete the Audition form by clicking here.
2) On the Audition form, tell us if you want to audition in person, live, via Zoom or if you want to submit a video recording of your audition.
3) If you select the in-person option, we will contact you to confirm your audition time and send you a Zoom link for the audition
4) If you select the video recording option, we will send you the link and instructions to upload your audition video.

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: 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.
For Etude designated measures or sections click on this link
Step #2 for YYSO Auditions: 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 YYSO Concertmaster: please complete this form. Submit it to the YYSO by email ( by October 9.

2020-21 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