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Apprentice Conducting Program

Audition Info

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony's apprentice conducting program.

“The orchestra has been a training ground for conductors who have gone on to bigger things.”  -The New York Times 

The world’s finest emerging conductors have found the Symphony’s podium to be an unparalleled opportunity to sharpen their craft, develop their talent, and gain exposure in front of New York's discerning audiences. The Robert L. Poster Apprentice Conducting Program gives aspiring orchestral conductors the opportunity to study the art of conducting through rehearsal technique, stick technique, score analysis, podium time, and observation, under the guidance of the NYYS Music Director and Assistant Conductor. More information about the program can be found on the Conducting Program page.

The Apprentice Conducting students will meet from 12pm-1:30pm approximately six sessions per concert cycle. Score discussion will largely focus on the repertoire currently being played by the Orchestra. In addition to its seminars, participants must attend a minimum of five Orchestra rehearsals and one Orchestra concert per cycle. Rehearsals are usually held on Sundays from 2-6pm at The DiMenna Center. Students will also attend at least one rehearsal with a professional orchestra in New York City during the year.


Students will have the opportunity to conduct small ensembles throughout the year. The Apprentice Conducting Program culminates with the apprentice conductors working directly with a composer of the NYYS Composition Program to prepare, rehearse, and perform a newly composed piece at the Composition Date Concert.

Conducting Audition Information

After filling out your online application, you will receive a link to sign up for an interview time. You must also e-mail additional application materials to Isabel Kim at by September 1, 2018. These include: 

Letter of intent (no more than one page) outlining why you are interested in the Apprentice Conducting program and your future goals as a musician/conductor.

Letter of recommendation (preferably from a musician)

Video clip link accessible online (YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.) of your conducting. (Please note: If you do not have a video excerpt, you will still be eligible to participate in the program.)

Age Eligibility

In order to participate in a NYYS Program, the applicant's birthdate must fall between November 20, 2006 and May 29, 1996, 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.