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Composition Program

Audition Info

Auditions for the 2018/19 season are now closed. We invite you to audition for the 2019/20 season - please check back in May 2019 for further audition information.

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program. 

The New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program, formerly known as "Making Score," is the first series of workshops in the country for young musicians to explore the world of composition and orchestration. Students between the ages of 12-22 who have a sense of curiosity and a taste for musical adventure are invited to apply. More information about the program can be found on the Composition Program page.

The program is directed by Dr. Kyle Blaha. Dr.Tim Mauthe is the Associate Director of the program.

Seminars and Performances

The Composition Program generally meets weekly from October to May on Thursdays between 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm at various locations in NYC.

Students' works are read and workshopped throughout the season, culminating in a final performance by members of the NYYS Orchestra, Chamber Music, Jazz, and Apprentice Conducting programs at the annual Composition Date concert at Symphony Space on May 16, 2019.

Age Eligibility

New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in a NYYS Program, the applicant's birth date must be no earlier than May 31, 1997 and no later than November 1, 2007, inclusive. Please do not apply if your birth date falls 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

Before applying to the program we encourage you to visit the Composition page for program details and review the Composition Program Guidelines which outlines general requirements for participating in the Composition Program.


The application fee for the 2018/2019 season is $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $350 registration fee upon acceptance into the program. Application waivers, financial aid and work-study opportunities are available for students to recoup the Registration and Audition fees. Download the work-study and scholarship application here.

What to Expect at Your Audition

At your interview you will meet with the Director and Associate Director of the Composition Program. Each applicant is asked to bring a minimum of one recent composition (score and recording) that will be discussed. MIDI files are acceptable.