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 June 3, 2017. 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

Bremerton Youth Symphony Registration 2017-18(PDF)
Bremerton Youth Jazz Ensemble Registration 2017-18(PDF)
Scholarship form (PDF)

2017-2018 Audition Materials

Symphony – StringsWinds/Percussion
Orchestra –  StringsWinds/Percussion
Jazz Ensemble

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

2016-17 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

2016-17 Youth Symphony Member Page
Parents: need to make a payment? Use this portal.
Brunch with Bach item donation form


Sounds of Summer Music Intensive- July 24-28 2017

Sounds of Summer Music Intensive takes place July 24-28. Pursue your musical passion through this week-long, small group intensive camp, led by Mr. Michael Woods (orchestra) and Mr. Stephen Vail (jazz) with special guest instructors, culminating in a special performance at Whaling Days. Tuition is just $100 for current members of Bremerton Youth Symphony or Jazz Ensemble, $125 for others. This program is subject to minimum enrollment. Register online or call (360) 373-1722. Registration deadline:  June 30.

Jazz Camp
Join Mr. Stephen Vail and special guest Instructor Mack Grout July 24-28, for an intensive week learning about and playing the great American art form of jazz. This program is geared toward students age 13 and older who have played their instruments for several years and are looking to begin or develop their jazz language. The week-long camp will focus on improvisation, performance practice in a small combo setting, ear-training, developing vocabulary, style, rhythm section interaction, history, and theory. Daily classes take place from 9:30-12:30PM at Olympic College.

Orchestra Camp
The Olympic region’s outstanding music educator of the year (2007 & 2016), Mr. Michael Woods, leads student musicians in week-long intensive symphonic study. This program is also geared toward students age 13 and over who want to further develop their ensemble performance skills. Daily classes take place from 1:00-4:00PM at Olympic College.

Download the Summer Camp Registration 2017 and pay for your student’s slot online here

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.