Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is comprised of over 100 talented young musicians performing challenging works from standard orchestral repertoire. Due to restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, MYSO will be moving online for the 2020-21 Season! This online format will include rehearsals with SMTD faculty and students, as well as weekly educational webinars ranging on subjects specific to orchestra, SMTD admissions, best practices on recording yourself from home, and much more. Each semester will conclude with virtual performance of videos compiled from all MYSO participants. 

Students may sign up exclusively to the webinar series if they still want access to weekly educational webinars without participating in weekly rehearsals. More information on applications is available below. 

Both the online MYSO ensemble and webinar series are open to advanced high-school aged strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion musicians.

Music Director: Kenneth Kiesler, Director of University Orchestras and Professor of Conducting
Conductor: Adrian Slywotsky, Lecturer of Conducting

Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, 2:45 – 3:45 PM webinar
Rehearsal Location: Online via Zoom meeting (accessible via the MYSO Course on Canvas)

Repertoire for Fall 2020

  • Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Movement I – L.V. Beethoven
  • TBD Chamber Orchestra Piece

Fall Term (2020)*
September 13
MYSO Rehearsal 1 & Orientation

September 20
MYSO Rehearsal 2 & Webinar 1
Webinar Topic: How to prepare for a first rehearsal

September 27
MYSO Rehearsal 3 & Webinar 2
Webinar Topic: Recording strategies

October 2
MYSO Rehearsal 4 & Webinar 3
Webinar Topic: Composer Discussion – Alex Shapiro

October 11
MYSO Rehearsal 5 & Webinar 4
Webinar Topic: How to be a good section leader/section member

October 18
MYSO Rehearsal 6 & Webinar 5
Webinar Topic: Faculty Discussion – Caroline Coade

October 25
MYSO Rehearsal 7 & Webinar 6
Webinar Topic: How to approach a musical score

November 1
MYSO Rehearsal 8 Webinar 7
Webinar Topic: Artist Discussion – Andrew Koeppe

November 8
MYSO Rehearsal 9 & Webinar 8
Webinar Topic: How to practice

November 15
MYSO Rehearsal 10 & Webinar 9
Webinar Topic: Recording comparisons (both band and orchestra)

November 22
MYSO Rehearsal 11 & Webinar 10
Webinar Topic: Social Justice Discussion – Omar Thomas & Kevin Day

*Webinar session dates are subject to change. Be sure to look for updates on the MYSO Canvas page and in the weekly email for the latest information.

Winter Term (2021)*
January 24
MYSO Rehearsal 1 & Webinar 1

January 31
MYSO Rehearsal 2 & Webinar 2

February 7
MYSO Rehearsal 3 & Webinar 3

February 14
MYSO Rehearsal 4 & Webinar 4

February 21
MYSO Rehearsal 5 & Webinar 5

February 28
Rehearsal 6 & Webinar 6

March 7
MYSO Rehearsal 7 & Webinar 7

March 14
MYSO Rehearsal 8 & Webinar 8

March 21
MYSO Rehearsal 9 & Webinar 9

March 28
MYSO Rehearsal 10 & Webinar 10

*Final rehearsal / webinar information for the Winter 2021 forthcoming. Be sure to check back in late October / early November 2020.

These sections are still accepting applications:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Double Bass
  • Bb Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

All selections must be uploaded as one continuous video. Videos should be no more than 10 minutes in length. An audition is not considered complete unless it stays within the allotted time AND contains all stated repertoire / exercise requirements.


  • A major or minor scale of your choice
    • Four notes per bow, notes at = 120 b.p.m. 
  • A classical solo that demonstrates the best level of both technical and expressive ability. 
  • Pre-selected excerpts that you can download beginning at 9:00 a.m. August 10, through 11:59 p.m., August 14 You can find links to the excerpts posted on MYE Acceptd landing page
  • A piano accompanist is not required.

Brass & Woodwinds

  • A chromatic scale showing your full range on your instrument 
  • 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 you can download beginning at 9:00 a.m. August 10, through 11:59 p.m., August 14. You can find links to the excerpts posted on MYE Acceptd landing page
  • A piano accompanist is not required.


  • All percussionists will audition in person at a later date. Please stay tuned for details.

Digital Audition FAQ

Students must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

MYE Online Application Open – July 31, 2020 at 9:00AM EST
Audition Portal Open – August 10, 2020 at 9:00AM EST
Audition Portal Closes – August 14, 2020 at 11:59PM EST
MYE Online Application Deadline – August 14, 2020 at 11:59PM EST
Admission Notification – August 24, 2020

MYE Application Process

1 – Fill out the MYE online application form

2 – Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee

3 – Create an Account on Acceptd
How to sign up for an Acceptd account

4 – Upload your audition materials to the Acceptd portal
Acceptd Digital Audition Instructions

Prospective students must complete all four steps to be considered for MYE full participation.

Please note: All applications will be considered on a rolling basis, if positions are available.

  1. Fill out the MYE online application form
  2. Pay $50 non-refundable application fee

No audition is required for the webinar series.

Applications Open – July 31, 2020 at 9:00AM EST
Application Deadline – September 1, 2020 at 11:59PM EST

2020-2021 Tuition
MYSO Participant – $325.00
MYSO Webinar Series Only – $125.00
Non-refundable application fee – $50

A discounted tuition rate of $175.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

Need-Based Financial Assistance
A limited number of need-based awards are available. To be considered for a need-based award you must complete the online financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Refund Policy
Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 13, 2020). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Please contact us at or (734) 936-2660.

MYE 2020-2021 Student Handbook
The 2020-2021 Michigan Youth Ensembles Handbook will be available in mid-August.

Accessing University of Michigan Canvas
Access U-M Canvas for class information. Each ensemble will have a separate Canvas page, available by September 8, 2020. Information will be emailed in mid-August with directions for setting up your Canvas “Friend Account.”

Student Absence Form
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.