Audition For GMYS

Placement & Auditions

To learn more about ensemble placement and auditions, please contact msanchez@gmys.org

GMYS has serviced thousands of children since 1958 when it was established by Mr. Robert Strassburg in order to provide an independent, complementary program to music education in the schools. Today, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony is an inclusive year-round, multi-tiered music training program consisting of over 500 students ranging in age from 5 to 18. We offer scholarships on a first-come first-served basis. Instruments are available. All levels and abilities are welcome!

GMYS has serviced thousands of children since 1958 when it was established byStudents can join our program with little to no experience. Parents will register their student for the appropriate program level (see below). Rehearsals take place mostly on the weekends but some are during the week, so make sure you make a note of your class time. Rehearsals are typically once a week for 1-3 hours, depending on the level. After a year or two, the student may be ready for the next level and will audition for the next ensemble, following the direction of their current ensemble conductor. As students progress through the program, they will aim to make it to the highest ensemble level for their instrument, which for many is the Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Robert Strassburg in order to provide an independent, complementary program to music education in the schools. Today, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony is an inclusive year-round, multi-tiered music training program consisting of over 500 students ranging in age from 5 to 18. We offer scholarships on a first-come first-served basis. Instruments are available. All levels and abilities are welcome!

Students who have little to no experience do not have to audition and would enroll in our beginning program called MYami. For our higher level ensembles, students would need to audition. These usually take place at the start of our Season which is typically the end of August – beginning of September. Audition requirements are updated yearly over the summer, so make sure you stay up to date in case of changes. Students can select their audition time using the link on our auditions page closer to the date.

How do I know which level is right for my child?

Audition Requirements by Program

MYami Ensembles (Band & Strings)

Open to our youngest members with little or no previous musical experience, the program strives to introduce our young musicians to the joys of playing a musical instrument, among a small group of peers. Our classes will focus on instrumental playing technique, general music and foundational development.
Students must be at least 5 years old to participate

Young Mozarts

This is our beginner orchestra for string players. 1-2 years of experience.
Elementary School ages

Strings Orchestra

Our intermediate I orchestra for string players who have progressed beyond our Young Mozarts Orchestra. 2-3 years of experience
Elementary School - Middle School ages

Concert Orchestra

This is our intermediate band ensembles for Brass and wind players who have progressed beyond our Young Sousas program. Our Concert Band members also participate in a full orchestra ensemble as members of our Concert Orchestra. 2-4 years of experience
Middle - High School ages

Young Sousas Band

Our beginner band ensemble includes brass and wind players. 1-2 years of experience.
Elementary School ages

Concert Band

This is our intermediate band ensembles for Brass and wind players who have progressed beyond our Young Sousas program. Our Concert Band members also participate in a full orchestra ensemble as members of our Concert Orchestra. 2-4 years of experience
Middle - High School ages

Jazz Band

This is our intermediate band ensembles for Brass and wind players who have progressed beyond our Young Sousas These are our intermediate and advanced Jazz bands. 4-5 years of experience. Some Jazz experience required.
Middle - High School ages

Symphony Orchestra

This is our advanced, flagship orchestra encompassing string, brass and wind players. Members of our Symphony Orchestra have auditioned and been accepted. They play at the highest level of all our ensembles. 6+ years of experience
High School ages
Symphony Orchestra seating auditions and move-up auditions will be by appointment only. Please email msanchez@gmys.org, or call 305-667-4069 to schedule your appointment once the dates are posted.
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