Jazz Audition Overview

Jazz Band performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz Audition Overview

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

Audition Dates

Auditions for the Jazz program will be held September 17-18, 2017. 

Upon completing the online application and paying the application fee, you will receive a link to schedule your audition time online. All audition times must be scheduled through the online calendar. Please do not phone the administrative office to schedule your audition.

Before you Apply

Age Eligibility:  In order to participate in a NYYS Program the applicant's birthdate must fall between November 24, 2005 and May 25, 1995, 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: We encourage each applicant to review the Jazz Program Musician Guidelines to make sure that you can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying. You can also find details about the program on the Jazz program pagePlease note: The Program Guidelines are from the 2013-2014 season. It is for reference only as dates and requirements may change.

Rehearsal and Concert Schedule: Rehearsals are held most Sundays from 5:00-7:30pm at Michiko Studios, located at 149 West 46th Street, New York, NY.  

Fees: A non-refundable application fee for the 2017-2018 season is $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $100 Registration Fee upon acceptance into the program.


Financial Aid, Work-Study, & Application Waivers


The New York Youth Symphony's core values state that no one is to be excluded by their ability to pay. Therefore, application waivers, financial aid and work-study opportunities are available for students to recoup the Registration and Audition fees. Please keep in mind, however, that funds are limited. We ask that students also seek funding through their personal networks in addition to completing this form. If you are interested in applying for the waiver, financial aid and/or work-study, please fill out the form below, and return all documents and information required by September 1, 2017 to the New York Youth Symphony, 110 West 40th St. Suite 1503, New York, NY 10018, or upload all application material to Dropbox, then share your Dropbox files with info@nyys.org.

What to Expect at Your Audition

Auditions are ten minutes in length. A warm up room is available ten minutes prior to your audition time.

Your audition will consist of the following:
  1. Excerpts (link below)
  2. Improvisation. Please prepare the following songs, which are included in the audition packets below:
    • Jerome Kern: "All The Things You Are"
    • Charlie Parker: "Billie's Bounce"
  3. Sight reading.
  • If you wish to be considered for an auxiliary instrument, please prepare an additional excerpt of your choice. Flute and clarinet are desirable as auxiliary instruments.
  • Drum applicants need to bring their own Cymbals, Universal Clutch, and sticks


Excerpts for the 2017/2018 Season can be found at http://www.nyys.org/auditions/jazz/excerpts