I joined the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Program in September 2012, and the Apprentice Conducting program in 2013.
“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 Conductor 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.
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 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.
The application form is located under the Auditions tab. Interviews for the Apprentice Conducting program will be held on September 13, 2016.
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 email@example.com by September 2, 2016. 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.)