Orchestra Audition Overview

Upcoming Concert

March 18, 2018

Carnegie Hall

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Ofra Harnoy has established herself as one of the greatest cellists on today's concert stage.

Orchestra Staff

Music Director
David Alan Miller Conducting Fellow
Orchestra Manager

Orchestra Audition Overview

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony's Orchestra. With its sophisticated programming, performances in one of the world's greatest concert halls, superb musical leadership, new works commissioned of the nation's best young composers, outstanding soloists, and professional-level attitude, the New York Youth Symphony's Orchestra sets itself apart as one of the finest in the nation.

Audition Dates

Auditions for orchestra will be held August 20 - 21, and August 28 - September 4, 2017Upon completing the online application and paying the application fee, you will receive a link to schedule your audition time online. Please do not phone the administrative office to schedule your audition as all auditions must be scheduled through our online calendar, which you can access after completing the application process.

Before you Apply

Age Eligibility:  In order to participate in a NYYS Program the applicant's birthdate must fall between November 20, 2005 and May 29, 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 Orchestra Program 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 Orchestra page. *Please note that the guidelines are for the 2016-2017 Season and may change slightly for this season.

Rehearsal and Concert Schedule: Rehearsals are held on Sundays from 2-6pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, located at 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday, September 10, 2017. Concert dates for the season will be posted soon.

Please note: Rehearsals prior to a concert are mandatory for all students to attend. If you do not attend a mandatory rehearsal you will not be allowed to perform at the concerts for that concert cycle.

Kick-Off Weekend: Kick-Off Weekend will take place September 15-17, 2017 at Camp DeWolfe in Wading River, NY. Rehearsals, sectionals, workshops and social events are planned as a way to start the orchestra season. This is a required event for all orchestra students and all students should plan on leaving Friday afternoon and returning Sunday early evening.

Fees: A non-refundable application fee is $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $575Registration Fee upon acceptance into the program. Scholarships and work study subsidies are available. Please submit the application for scholarships, application waivers and work study by September 1st.

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. You will be asked to perform the excerpts as well as sight read at your audition. Due to space limitations we ask that you do not arrive for your audition more than 15 minutes in advance.


Excerpts for each instrument can be found at http://www.nyys.org/auditions/orchestra/excerpts