Bremerton Youth Symphony

Our Bremerton Youth Symphony mission is engage youth of Greater Kitsap County in orchestral and ensemble experiences marked by educational excellence. Our youth musicians range from age ten to eighteen. Participating youth explore orchestral and ensemble music with future friends and community members, and develop greater proficiency, stage presence, teamwork, and increased abilities to focus and problem solve. Bremerton Youth Symphony offers a range of symphonic groups and a jazz ensemble founded by Mr. Max Karler, now under musical direction of Mr. Stephen Vail. Our next round of auditions take place December 3, 2017 for the Youth Symphony and Orchestra. To join, submit paperwork (PDFs below) and $35 placement audition fee and we will contact you with an audition time. Returning jazz ensemble members need not do a placement audition, but must submit registration paperwork.

2017-18 Registration Forms

BYS Registration for Winter Start 2017-18(PDF)
BYJE Registration for Winter Start 2017-18 PDF)
BYS Scholarship Application 2017-18 (PDF)

2017-18 Audition Materials

Symphony – StringsWinds/Percussion
Orchestra –  StringsWinds/Percussion
Jazz Ensemble- Jazz Ensemble Grades 6-8, Jazz Ensemble Grades 9-12


Call if you have questions about which piece to play for your audition!

2017-18 Ensembles

Youth Symphony – Michael Woods, Director
Youth Orchestra -Max Karler, Director
Youth Jazz Ensemble – Stephen Vail, Director
Elite Strings – Max Karler
Elite Brass – Shelly Devlin, Instructor
Elite Woodwinds – Sondra Shamrell, Instructor

2017-18 Youth Symphony Member Page
Parents: need to make a payment? Use this portal.
Brunch with Bach item donation form

About the Music Director

mwoods_sm_bwMr. Michael Woods received his Bachelors in Music Education at Pacific Lutheran University where he studied conducting under Dr. Raydell Bradley and trombone performance under Don Immel. He taught briefly in eastern Washington before continuing his studies in trombone performance at the University of Washington. He currently teaches instrumental music at Central Kitsap High School where he directs the jazz band, orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble and marching band programs. Washington Music Educators Association recognized Mr. Woods as the Olympic region’s outstanding music educator of the year in 2007 and 2016.


Sounds of Summer Music Intensive

We’ve just opened enrollment for our new Sounds of Summer Music Intensive- July 23-27 2018. Pursue your musical passion through this week-long, small group intensive camp, led by Mr. Michael Woods, culminating in a special performance on Friday, July 27th. Tuition is just $100 for current members of Bremerton Youth Symphony/Orchestra, $125 for others. This program is subject to minimum enrollment. Register online or call (360) 373-1722. Registration deadline:  June 30.