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Columbus Youth Symphonic Band
  • Capital University's Conservatory Preparatory Division welcomes instrumentalists interested in advanced performance opportunities to audition for the the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band.

    The competitive auditions are open to any student in grades 10-12 interested in advanced performance experiences and opportunities for master classes with members of the Capital University Conservatory artist faculty. 

    • Auditions for the 2013-2014 school year will be held May 7, 8, 17, 19 and 20, 2014.

    • The ensemble will be conducted by Mr. George Edge and will perform only the finest repertoire available for wind band.
    • Wednesday evening rehearsals for the band will begin in the fall 2014, and will be held weekly on the Bexley campus of Capital University.
    • Individual audition times may be arranged if necessary due to schedule conflicts.


    Download the audition application (PDF)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the purpose of the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band (CYSB)?

    The purpose of CYSB is to provide an advanced performance experience for the finest wind and percussion performers from the greater Central Ohio area. The finest repertoire available for wind band is selected for performance by this ensemble.

    Who is eligible to audition for CYSB?

    Membership in this fine organization is open to any student in grades 10-12. Students selected to participate must be members in good standing of their local program and remain so throughout their membership in the CYSB.

    When and where will auditions be held?

    Auditions for the 2013-2014 school year will be held May 20, 22, 23 and 29 on the campus of Capital University. The results of the auditions will be posted in the Conservatory of Music and letters of invitation will be mailed to students who have been selected for membership.

    How should students prepare for auditions?

    Please prepare the same material that is required of an All-State Band audition. This is to include a Class A or B solo, major scales - including up to five flats and two sharps - and sight reading. The All-State etude is not required.

    Is there a fee for participation?

    The annual fee for participation in the CYSB for 2012-2013 is $240. Scholarships are available for talented students and it is the desire of the staff that no talented student be omitted from the ensemble due to lack of funds.

    What is the attendance policy?

    Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required. Unexcused absences result in dismissal from CYSB. Students are excused for illness, a school music concert or dress rehearsal, or a family wedding or funeral. Other excused absences must be approved by the conductor. Students are not excused for work schedules or excessive homework. Students are required to report absences to the conductor one week prior to the absence. Emergency absences should be reported to the director as soon as possible.

    How many performances will the CYSB do per year?

    At least three concerts are scheduled yearly in Capital's Mees Hall. Other concerts may be planned in the greater Central Ohio area.

    What is required of students and their parents?

    Students and parents need to understand that they are committed to the CYSB for the entire school year. Students may not drop out of the CYSB because of work schedules or school studies. A student who leaves the group during the year forces a major re-organization of the CYSB. If students or parents cannot meet these obligations, the students must contact the conductor immediately. If a student drops out of CYSB during the school year, he/she will not be permitted to reaudition in the future. Students can choose not to audition at the end of the season and still audition in future years.

    Parents are welcome at any and all rehearsals. Parents occasionally will be asked to help with such activities as receptions, ushering, telephoning, etc. Parents may decline to help if they are unable to do so, but all parents are expected to help at some time.

    Will students have to supply their own instruments and concert attire?

    Percussion instruments are provided by the CYSB for students. Otherwise, students are expected to supply their own instrument and other equipment. Items such as mutes, reeds, grease, oil and a pencil must be brought to every rehearsal.

    Students are responsible for replacing lost music or damaged equipment.

    For all performances, the CYSB will dress as follows:

    Men: Tuxedo or black coat and black pants

    Women: Black dress or black blouse and black skirt - mid-calf length or longer. No sleeveless tops. Black shoes (flats or low heels), small jewelry - no dangling earrings. Women in the low reeds and percussion may wear black pants.

    Download the audition application(PDF).

    For information about scheduling your audition, contact Debby Guild at dguild@capital.edu or 614-236-6201. For more information about the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band, contact Mr. George Edge at gedge71280@aol.com or 614-282-7778.