Regular season runs from September through May.

How to Apply

Please complete the Audition Application online and submit it. Follow the directions on the application “Thank You” page to provide a contact number to schedule your audition appointment. 

The 2023-2024 Consent and Agreement Form will be posted soon – please bring it with you to your scheduled appointment. Make sure to arrive about 30 minutes before your audition. The audition fee is $60.


Please refer to the Audition Requirements page for more information on what to prepare for your audition.

2023-2024 Tuition

Tacoma Youth Symphony

$1,385 Total
$515 deposit due on 9/1
$1,335 total if paid in full by 9/25

Tacoma Junior Youth Symphony

$1,260 total
$390 deposit due on 9/1
$1,210 total if paid in full by 9/25

Tacoma String Philharmonic

$1,115 total
$245 deposit due on 9/1
$1,065 total if paid in full by 9/25

Tacoma Wind Philharmonic

$1,080 total
$210 deposit due on 9/1
$1,030 total if paid in full by 9/25

Tacoma String Symphony

$1,080 total
$210 deposit due on 9/1
$1,030 total if paid in full by 9/25

Automatic monthly tuition payment plans with deposit are due by 9/1, with $145 payments due the 1st of each month from October 1st through February 1st. The March 1st payment is adjusted to balance. 

A family discount of $75 per family will be applied to final payment. 

TYSA is pleased to offer financial aid to deserving young musicians. Please click here to view the options currently available.

Policy on school music participation

It is important to us that all students and their parents be familiar with the school music policy of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association (TYSA) and that they understand and agree to support it. To provide us with a record of your knowledge of this policy, we ask that you complete and sign the above consent form designating such. We appreciate your adherence to and support of this policy.

  • An important aspect of membership in any TYSA orchestra or one of its adjunct programs is simultaneous participation by the student musician in their school’s instrumental music program.
  • TYSA strongly supports music education in the schools. School music programs offer the student musician opportunities for daily ensemble participation which is complemented by their involvement in the TYSA orchestras.
  • Participation in school music, in TYSA and in private lessons are three elements of a well-rounded music education.


Help Us Continue Transforming Lives

Whether you donate, volunteer, or sponsor, your contribution will help us continue to provide the highest quality music education and preserve a rich cultural experience.