Auditions are open to students who will be in 9th grade and up at the start of the following season. Auditions are also open to 7th and 8th graders who are ineligible to participate in the Junior Youth Symphony. The Anchorage School District operates the Junior Youth Symphony for 7th and 8th graders enrolled in the District, and we strongly encourage students to join this program. Any students who have graduated from 12th grade, but who have not yet reached their 22nd birthday, may audition for AYO. Those current members who graduate during the current season are allowed to remain in the orchestras until the end of the season. Every musician must audition each year.