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Composition Program

Audition Info

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program. 

The New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program, formerly known as "Making Score," is the first series of workshops in the country for young musicians to explore the world of composition and orchestration. Students between the ages of 12-22 who have a sense of curiosity and a taste for musical adventure are invited to apply. 

The program is directed by Dr. Kyle Blaha, who succeeds founding director Derek Bermel and Anna ClyneTim Mauthe is the Associate Director of the program.

Audition Dates

Auditions for the 2017/18 season are now closed. Please check back in June 2018 for the 2018/19 season audition application form.

Before you Apply

The Composition Program generally meets weekly from October to May on Thursdays between 4-7pm at various locations in NYC.

Age Eligibility

In order to participate in a NYYS Program, the applicant's birthdate must fall between November 20, 2004 and May 29, 1994, inclusive. Please do not apply if you are outside of these dates as you will not be eligible for the program and we are not able to refund your application fee.

Program Guidelines

Before applying to the program we encourage you to visit the Composition page for program details and review the Composition Program Guidelines* which outlines general requirements for participating in the Composition Program.

Please note: The Program Guidelines are from the 2013-2014 season.


The application fee for the 2017/2018 season is $80. In addition to the application fee, there is a $275 registration fee upon acceptance into the program. Limited work study subsidies are available. Please contact the administrative office if you are intersted in work study opportunities.

Kick-Off Weekend

Kick-Off Weekend will take place September 15-17, 2017 at Camp DeWolfe in Wading River, NY. Participation is a required for all composition students and all students should plan on leaving Friday afternoon and returning Sunday early evening.

What to Expect at Your Audition

At your interview you will meet with the Director and/or Associate Director of the Composition Program. The meeting is largely conversational and you are asked to bring a minimum of one recent composition (score and recording) that you will discuss. If you do not have a recording please just bring the score.