Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

Up to date as of 03/1/21 for 2021-2022 season
The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is composed of over 100 talented young musicians performing challenging works from the standard orchestral repertoire. The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra is open to advanced high-school-age string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians.

We are currently planning on holding MYSO rehearsals in person for the Fall 2021 Semester. In the event that conditions do not allow us to host rehearsals safely in person, we are also planning a robust online MYSO experience that will build upon what was offered during the 2020-2021 season.

Music Director: Kenneth Kiesler, Director of University Orchestras and Professor of Conducting
Conductor: Adrian Slywotzky, Lecturer of Conducting
Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 12:00 – 3:30 PM
Rehearsal Location: Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, E. V. Moore Building (UM North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)


Repertoire for Fall 2021
Repertoire Selections TBD

*Final MYSO Schedule subject to change
Fall Term (2021)
September 12
MYSO Orientation / Rehearsal 1

September 19
MYSO Rehearsal 2

September 26
MYSO Rehearsal 3

October 3
MYSO Rehearsal 4

October 10
MYSO Rehearsal 5

October 17
MYSO Rehearsal 6

October 24
MYSO Rehearsal 7

October 31
MYSO Rehearsal 8

November 7
MYSO Rehearsal 9

November 14
MYSO Rehearsal 10

November 21
MYSO Fall Dress Rehearsal

November 22
MYSO Fall 2021 Performance

Winter Term (2022)
January 9
MYSO Rehearsal 1

January 16
MYSO Rehearsal 2

January 23
MYSO Rehearsal 3

January 30
MYSO Rehearsal 4

February 6
MYSO Rehearsal 5

February 13
MYSO Rehearsal 6

February 20
MYSO Rehearsal 7

March 6
MYSO Rehearsal 8

March 13
MYSO Winter Dress Rehearsal

March 14
MYSO Winter 2022 Performance

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 on April 26, 2021 at 12:00PM EST via the CampDoc application.

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 on April 26, 2021 at 12:00PM EST via the CampDoc application.
  • A piano accompanist is not required.


  • Submit a recording of you performing an etude on a practice pad OR snare drum.
  • (Optional) Submit a supplemental recording demonstrating your proficiency with mallet instruments (i.e. timpani, marimba, xylophone, etc.)

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

Application Opens – March 2021
Sight Reading Materials Available – April 26, 2021 at 12:00PM EST
Application Priority Application Deadline – April 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
Priority Admission Notification – May 21, 2021
Start your application now

Here you will

  1. Fill out your application.
  2. Upload your audition materials (videos via sharable link (Google Drive, Dropbox or YouTube).
  3. Share any need-based scholarship information.
  4. Pay your non-refundable application fee. ($50 per ensemble).

Please note you can revisit your application as many times as needed, however, all of the items listed above are due by your ensemble’s deadline. The application will automatically save as you fill in your application.
The priority deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is April 30, 2021.

Students who submitted their materials by the priority deadline will be reviewed and considered first. Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual ensemble. Space is limited.

Priority admission notifications will be e-mailed on May 21, 2021.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

Digital Audition Resources
How to upload to Google Drive and Dropbox
How to create an unlisted video on YouTube
Tips for making a successful recording

2021-2022 Tuition
MYSO Participant $455.00
Non-refundable application fee $50

A discounted tuition rate of $300.00 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 Scholarship Awards
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

Refund Policy
Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 12, 2021). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy.

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

MYE 2020-2021 Student Handbook
The 2021-2022 Michigan Youth Ensembles Handbook will be released in March 2021.

Accessing University of Michigan Canvas
Access U-M Canvas for class information.

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.