School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Michigan Youth Symphonic Band

Last updated 5/15/23

The Michigan Youth Symphonic Band (MYSB) provides woodwind, brass and percussion students rigorous experience in performing intensive and demanding repertoire in a broad range of styles. The Michigan Youth Symphonic Band is open to advanced high-school aged level woodwind, brass and percussion musicians.

MYSB Announcements

(5/15/23) Make-Up MYSB Auditions Available!

Make-Up Applications for MYSB’s 2023-2024 Season are now available! Information on make-up auditions can be found in the “Auditions | Eligibility” section below. Questions? Contact the Office of Engagement & Outreach at

Make-Up Auditions are currently being accepted on the following instruments:

  • Bassoon, Clarinet, Oboe, Percussion, and Trumpet

Additional instruments may potentially be announced for make-up auditions in early June, 2023.

Rehearsal Information

Time: Sundays, 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Location: Hankinson Rehearsal Hall,

E. V. Moore Building
(U-M North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Season Schedule

*This is a tentative schedule that closely resembles the time commitment students can expect during the MYE Season. A finalized schedule will be posted in May 2023.


Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Courtney Snyder is Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan, where she conducts the Concert Band, teaches conducting, and conducts the Michigan Youth Symphonic Band. Under her artistic leadership, the Concert Band was invited to perform at the College Band Directors Association North-Central Division Conference.

Previously, Snyder served as the assistant director of bands and director of athletic bands at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where she conducted the “Maverick” Marching Band, conducted the Concert Band, served as associate conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and taught courses in conducting, music education, and brass methods. While in Omaha, Snyder also served as music director for the Nebraska Wind Symphony, which, under her direction, was invited to perform at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association annual conference. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, Snyder taught high school and middle school band and orchestra in the Michigan public schools.

Auditions | Eligibility

Make-Up Applications for Michigan Youth Symphonic Band’s 2023-2024 Season are due

5:00 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2023

Make-Up Auditions are currently being accepted on the following instruments:

Bassoon, Clarinet, Oboe, Percussion, and Trumpet

Additional instruments may potentially be announced for make-up auditions in early June, 2023. Make-Up Auditions will be held on

Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.



  • Complete the 2023-2024 Michigan Youth Ensembles Application via the button below.
  • Select your preferred audition date / time from the options listed on the application. Auditions for MYSB will be held IN-PERSON in the Earl V. Moore Music Buidling on Saturday, July 29, 2023, and Sunday, July 30, 2023. Students will receive their assigned audition date and time on Friday, July 21, 2023.
  • Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify based on financial need (contact Engagement & Outreach Staff for more information).
  • Prepare specific audition materials based on your instrument for an in-person audition.

Audition materials for all MYSB qualifying instruments can be found below:

Students interested in the Michigan Youth Symphonic Band must be enrolled in grades 9 (nine) through 12 (twelve) for the 2023-2024 academic year. The Michigan Youth Symphonic Band is also open to students of exceptional ability enrolled in grade 8 (eight) for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra accepts students who perform the following instruments: Bass Clarinet, Bass Trombone, Bassoon, Clarinet, Euphonium, Flute, Horn, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone (Alto), Saxophone (Baritone), Saxophone (Tenor), Trombone, Trumpet, and Tuba.

For questions about applications, audition requirements, or the audition process, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at

Tuition | Fees | Scholarships

Participant – $500.00
Non-refundable application fee – $30

A discounted tuition rate of $330.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

  • Monthly Expenses
  • Previous Year’s Tax Return
  • Statement of Need

Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first regularly scheduled rehearsal of the current concert season. Those wishing to learn more about the MYE Refund Policy can do so by clicking here: SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Contact Us

Email at
Phone at (734) 936-2660

The Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails / phone lines at the following times:

  • Monday – Friday, 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST