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The New York Youth Symphony is committed to providing workshops on topics that are useful to our students' success in their program and other areas of their lives. This year the NYYS is partnering with top musicians an music organizations in the New York Metro Area to hold six workshops during the season.

  • Fit as a Fiddle

    Sunday, October 15, 2017
    The DiMenna Center, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Physical therapist Howard Nelson will give a presentation illustrating how faulty movement habits can provoke injury, and how movement patterns can be retrained through the case study of world-renowned violinist and NYYS alumna Pamela Frank. Ms. Frank will be present to answer any questions about her injury and recovery.

  • How to Audition Like a Boss!

    October 16, 19, 23, 26, 2017
    National Opera Center, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    For students preparing to audition for colleges, summer festivals, competitions, and gigs, the New York Youth Symphony will offer two weeks of intensive audition preparation workshops designed to help young musicians overcome their fears and play their best. The workshops include masterclasses with musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Juilliard, and the Manhattan School of Music, plus individual sessions with performance coach Cory Lee of the Liberated Performer, and instruction on Alexander Technique with Lori Schiff. Students will receive video of their "before" and "after mock auditions.

  • Applying to College

    Sunday, October 22, 2017
    The DiMenna Center, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    This workshop is designed for students considering college programs and careers in music. Representatives from the country's top music schools including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Vanderbilt University, and Cleveland Institute of Music discuss the application and audition process. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and get tips on how to be a strong candidate.

  • Careers in the Arts

    Sunday, November 12, 2017
    The DiMenna Center, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    WQXR host and producer/director Elliott Forrest and Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen sit down to talk about their exciting careers in the arts and how they got there. An NYYS student will have the opportunity to moderate this panel.

  • Picking an Instrument

    Thursday, November 16, 2017
    Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    In this workshop led by Tarisio's Director and Head of Sales Carlos Tome, and luthier Christo Wood, we will discuss the process of finding and maintaining an instrument. This is an opportunity for string players to learn how to approach this important decision from the leading international venue for fine instruments and bows.

  • Project 440: Community Engagement & Interactive Performance

    Sunday, March 25, 2018
    The DiMenna Center, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    Project 440's programming helps to create the 'whole musician,' and in turn, the 'artist citizen.' Regardless of whether students become professional musicians or not, our young people will be equipped to take on the challenges of the world using music as a tool - truly becoming the civic-minded and entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow. In this workshop, flutist/educator/entrepreneur Susanna Loewy introduces students to the process of delving into their music with community leadership in mind.