​FAQ: Time/Tuition Requirements


1)  Camp St. Christopher Kickoff Retreat (mandatory), August 25-27 (Seabrook Island)    

      *Approximately $150 per child.    *scholarships available

2)  The CSYO Schedule runs from August-May, with a break from 
12/18/17 - 1/6/18 

3) Rehearsals are only* on Sundays from 2-5 PM.
  We do our best to coordinate between Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester county district calendars, as well as

      private schools. We also do our best to coincide with, and avoid direct conflicts with with, the above

      spring/fall/winter breaks, as well as AP exams, etc.

     *There are three, possibly four exceptions to this.

4)  Immediately prior to our concerts, we have two extra rehearsals (3 or 4 yearly, see #5).

  • Saturday Concerts: Thursday & Friday nights (6-9 PM)
  • Sunday Concerts: Friday night (6-9 PM) & Saturday morning (9-Noon)

5)  The possibility of a Piccolo Spoleto Concert.
Based on previous years, a Piccolo Spoleto appearance (if accepted for 2018) would most likely be on

       5/26/18. Friday night additional rehearsal would be added for this.
6)  Tuition  is $315 per school year, unless the family has more than one child in the orchestra, in

      which case tuition is $270 per child, and is due by August 31. You may either pay online (3%

      service fee will apply), or make checks payable to the CSYO. Bring payment to the first

      rehearsal, or mail to:

               1985 Riviera Dr.

               Suite 103-142

               Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.

      All tuition funds must be received by September 1, 2017. Checks should be annotated in lower left corner

       with student’s name and purpose of the  payment.  A student will not be allowed to enroll if tuition remains

       unpaid from the previous season.  Please do not give paperwork, checks and/or money to the  


Auditions will be held on May 20th at the College of Charleston. 

Come join the excitement and get the chance to perform with other motivated young musicians as well as the professional musicians of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Ken Lam, and guests from around the country and globe!

All Winds/Brass

  • One solo of your choice
  • Scales (any major scale up to 3 sharps/flats at least two octaves, three where possible)
  • Chromatic scale (as extensive as possible)
  • An excerpt to be chosen from the 2017-2018 repertoire

    Click below for excerpts for Winds/Brass:

           * Bass Clarinet


​        * Clarinet

        * Flute

        * French Horn

        * Oboe

        * Piccolo

        * Trombone

        * Trumpet

        * Tuba


  • Solo of your choice on snare drum, mallet instrument, or timpani AND snare drum
  • Long roll, flam, paradiddle / xylophone
  • Two octave major scales and arpeggios (C, F, Bb, Eb, G, and D) plus chromatic scale (2 octaves) / timpani
  • Long roll (ppp to fff) / tune two drums to P4, P5, and Major 3rd
  • An excerpt to be chosen from the 2017-2018 repertoire

     Click below for excerpts for Percussion:

        * Timpani and Percussion


All Strings

  • One solo of your choice
  • Scales: 1 major - 3 octave, 1 minor - 3 octave
  • An excerpt to be chosen from the 2017-2018 repertoire

        Click below for excerpts for Strings:




            *Violin I

            *Violin II


Audition Information

The Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) is pleased to announce auditions for its 2017-2018 season! 

Email Jack Cleghorn, CSYO conductor


Web sign-up for the 2017-2018 auditions are now closed. However, there are still a limited amount of spaces available on Saturday, May 20th. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Jack Cleghorn, directly: 


Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra