Does it cost to audition?

Yes. There is a $30 non-refundable audition fee.

When ARE auditions?

We have two Audition days in in early May and one in late August each year.  We also accept auditions throughout the year - submit your application ONLINE to be scheduled for an audition.  Click REGISTER FOR AUDITION on any page in the main menu.

Where are auditions?  

In May, they are at the Royal Oak First Presbyterian Church  - 529 Hendrie Blvd., Royal Oak MI, about 1/2 mile north of the Zoo, 8am-2pm

In August they are at Beverly Hills United Methodist Church at 20000 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills.  

Once the season begins we conduct limited auditions at our rehearsal location, Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Avenue, Royal Oak MI.

Do I have to submit my application online?

Yes.  All of our audition applications and enrollments are done online to serve you more efficiently.

What do I DO at the audition?

You’ll meet with the Conductor of the Orchestra you’re auditioning for and play your instrument for them.  See specific instructions in our Audition Requirements for each orchestra.  Get full paper Audition Packet .

What kind of music do Detroit MYS Orchestras play?

All kinds! See the Our Music page which lists the music we are playing this season and the music we have played in past seasons.  If you’re not familiar with some of those, you can look them up on YouTube.

Hey, I’m in Marching Band and I want to do this too!

No problem! Audition with everyone else and actually START with Detroit MYS after Marching Band is done. We encourage all wind players to audition in May since those sections fill up quickly.  Please discuss this when you talk to our Audition Manager.

Does it cost to be part of Detroit MYS?

Yes, your tuition helps pay for our amazing Conductors, rehearsal space, the music we play and the acoustically excellent concert halls we perform in.

How much is tuition?

$375 per new student for the 2017-18 season.

Do you give any scholarships?

Thanks to a generous grant from the Myron P. Leven Foundation we have the ability to offer some limited scholarship money for students with demonstrated financial need for the 2017-18 season.  Please ask us more.  

When and where are rehearsals?

All of our orchestras rehearse on Saturday mornings at Royal Oak Middle School and the same general time. Our season starts right after Labor Day and ends early May.

  • Symphony, Concert and String orchestras arrive by 9:15am to begin rehearsal promptly at 9:30am and end at Noon.
  • Junior String Orchestra arrives by 9:15am to begin rehearsal promptly at 9:30am and end at 11:30am.

What is the attendance policy?

Our Conductors want you to be here. Each orchestra is a team and it takes teamwork to make a good sound. Please click to see our Attendance Policy.

Is there any way to try your orchestra?

There are several ways to see what we are all about!  

  • Join us at a concert!  Contact us (via button below) to find out more.  
  • Attend rehearsal on one of our Bring a Friend Days.  Check out our calendar (drop down from our main menu) to see when they are.  
  • If you are an Advanced Beginner in grades 2-7 we have a special program where you can try us at no cost for 1 concert cycle.  Contact Auditions@Detroitmys.org for more information.