Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras

Registration and Audition Information

General Information

     Musicians ages 5-21 years are invited to register and schedule an audition appointment with CVYO. Individual audition appointments are held once a year in July for the new season beginning in September. Occasionally an audition is granted mid-season based on the instrumentation needs of the orchestras/ensembles. All new and returning CVYO members must register and audition. Please Note: bass clarinet, bass trombone, contrabassoon, pedal harp and percussionists DO NOT need to schedule an audition as they will be contacted for a private audition. A non-refundable registration/audition fee ($25) is charged to offset the cost of processing your registration and audition.

     Musicians are required to study with a private teacher and to have had at least one year of lessons to be considered for placement. (Tips on how to find a teacher are here.) Three CVYO orchestras from entry level through advanced levels are available. (Please note, the entry level orchestra is for string players who have played for at least one year and it is not designed for beginners.)

     Each musician is placed according to their playing abilities. To “Inspire Youth Through Music”, it is of utmost importance that musicians be placed in the appropriate orchestra and grow with the program. Placement is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director. Generally, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians should be at least of middle school age. The higher the level of placement, the higher the level of expected commitment.

Auditions for the following orchestral instruments are available:

Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, 

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet,

Bassoon, Contrabassoon, French Horn, Trumpet,

Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Pedal Harp

We do not audition for piano, guitar, saxophone or baritone horn.


Placement will be based on:

  • Technical skill level

  • Musicality

  • Social Maturity

  • Returning student’s past attendance record

  • Availability to attend weekly rehearsals and performances

  • Commitment and willingness to learn

     Rehearsals are held weekly on Thursdays at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village. Check the performance calendar at and make sure you can commit to the performance dates before setting an audition appointment.  Performances and dress rehearsals are NOT AN OPTION they are REQUIREMENTS.


  1. Click here to pay the $25 registration/audition processing fee. Once paid, scroll to the bottom of the confirmation page and click "Return to Merchant" to register and schedule an audition. If you are unable to pay this fee please email us at

  2. Complete the registration form. Once the form is completed and submitted, you will be directed to our audition scheduler. 

  3. Please be prepared to set your audition date and time immediately following the submission of your registration form.

  4. View audition information and print audition excerpts here.

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Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras

PO Box 4502

Thousand Oaks, CA 91359



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