Michigan Youth Symphonic Band

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.

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Michigan Youth Symphonic Band Season! See below for audition / application requirements.

Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Rehearsal Location: Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, Earl V. Moore Music Building (UM North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

[Updated 6/23/22] View the current MYE COVID-19 vaccination policy (this policy currently applies to the upcoming 2022-23 MYE Season)

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.

MYSB 2022-23 Season ScheduleMYSB 2022-23 Season Schedule

*NOTE: Dates and times for MYSB 2022-23 Season Events are subject to change

Those interested in auditioning for the 2022-2023 Michigan Youth Symphonic Band Season should prepare the following materials. For questions about applications, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at

IMPORTANT NOTE: To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, all MYSB auditions will be digital. See below for specifics on uploading your audition materials.

Students interested in the MYSB should prepare the following materials for a video audition. Students should submit one continuous video that includes the following requirements: 

  • A chromatic scale showing your full range on your instrument (brass and woodwinds only)
    • Triplet eighth notes, quarter note = 100 b.p.m., slurred or tongued, start on your lowest note.
  • A classical solo that demonstrates the best level of both technical and expressive ability. 
  • Pre-selected excerpts that will be available via the SMTD Engagement & Outreach Office. Please contact them via email to obtain the excerpts for your instrument.

Students interested in the Michigan Youth Symphonic Band must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Michigan Youth Symphonic Band accepts students who perform the following instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, ALL Saxophones, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion and Piano. 

Applications for the 2022-2023 Michigan Youth Symphonic Band are open now! 


Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis following the May 1, 2022, priority deadline. Feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email ( if you have any questions.

2022 – 2023 TUITION
MYSB Participant – $475.00
Non-refundable application fee – $50

A discounted tuition rate of $315.00 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 rehearsal  (September 11, 2022). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Contact SMTD’s Engagement & Outreach Office via email at or by phone at (734) 936-2660.

DURING MYE SEASON (approx. September – March)
Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

  • Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

OUT OF SEASON (approx. March – August) 
Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors phone lines during the following hours, regardless of the time of year

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

MYE 2022-2023 Participant & Family Policy Handbook

To report a planned absence, complete the ONLINE MYE ABSENCE FORM. Please submit all forms at least one week before the planned date of absence.

updated 6/23/22