2017 Fall Chair Placement Music

Chair placements will take place on September 5, 2017 during the parent meeting. Please download and practice the music for your instrument in preparation for your chair placement audition by clicking on the link below. Prepare only the music between the heavy black brackets.  Euphonium players should prepare the Trombone part, and Saxophone players should prepare the Horn part.

2017 Fall Chair Placement music

Want to be a part of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony?

2018 CVYS Spring Auditions - January 30, 2018

Dedicated musicians in 7th through 12th grade are encouraged to audition for the youth symphony.

All traditional symphony instruments (and saxophones) are eligible for the youth symphony, however for the 2018 spring semester, our clarinet, saxophone and percussion sections are full.  We do not audition musicians on piano.

The youth symphony rehearses on Tuesdays 5:50-7:50 pm, from September through mid-December, and from late January through mid-May. Rehearsals are on the UWEC campus in Eau Claire. Tuition is $150 per semester (subject to change).

Auditions are held on the UWEC campus. Directions will be provided when you receive your audition appointment, after you register for an audition.

Current CVYS Musicians: Incoming high school juniors and seniors who have been in CVYS for 4 semesters or more will not need to audition for next season.  If you have questions, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Video Auditions: 
All musicians have the option to audition in person or by preparing a video recording. Auditions for the 2018 spring semester may be video-taped and submitted by uploading to YouTube and providing a link to your video on the online registration form. Your registration form and video are due no later than 5:00 pm on January 29, 2018. Please refer to the auditions page for video audition requirements.

Click here to register for an audition


Participating in the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony

The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony is a full orchestra comprised of student musicians in 7th-12th grade who demonstrate a musical ability to perform at an advanced level. Students will enjoy the enrichment and challenge of performing with other serious and dedicated musicians.

Full symphony auditions are held in April each year for the upcoming season. 

How to Prepare for Your Audition

Brass, Woodwind & String Audition Preparation
- 4-7 minute solo, or an excerpt from something you are currently working on that demonstrates your abilities

- one scale of your choosing in up to three octaves (if possible) 

Percussion Audition Preparation
- short etude or excerpt on snare drum from something you are working on

- short etude or excerpt on a mallet instrument of your choosing from something you are working on

- scales on a mallet instrument of your choosing

*Audition at your scheduled time.
*You will be sent the results of your audition via email.

Video Auditions: Please prepare and submit a recording of performance of the above elements.


A tip for general audtions:

"Think like a conductor...what do I want to hear?  1) Something lyrical that you will phrase well and play with good pitch; this will probably be a moment in the piece that would be melodic or a solo. 2) Something technical to show time and technique; this will probably be something challenging on the page which will require some practicing effort and will include range issues as well.  Happy Practicing!"

Our Core Values

* We value the excellence of our music instruction and mentoring.
* We encourage personal development, creativity, discipline, and collaboration.
* We seek to provide financial assistance through scholarships so no one is excluded on the basis of ability to pay.
* We aspire to a culture of fairness and mutual respect.
* We expect a strong commitment from all members of the CVYS team including musicians, staff, and volunteers.
* We encourage the important relationship between our musicians and their teachers, families, and audiences.
* We value quality performances at various venues including collaboration with acclaimed artists and ensembles.
* We strive to be an inclusive organization reflecting the diversity of the greater Chippewa Valley area.