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Chamber Music Program

Audition Info

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program!

Applications for the 2019/2020 season are closed. Please check back in May 2020 for the 2020/2021 season application.

The Chamber Music Program, under the direction of Dr. Lisa Tipton, is an excellent opportunity for players to enhance their musical abilities, improve their performance confidence, and develop interpersonal skills within small group settings. The program makes every effort to place individual players into ensembles with whom they may feel most comfortable. Pre-formed groups are also encouraged to apply.

We encourage each applicant to review the guidelines on this page to make sure that they can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying. If you have questions, please contact the NYYS office at (212) 581-5933.

Age Eligibility

New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in the 2019/2020 season, the applicant's birth date must be no earlier than May 31, 1997 and no later than November 1, 2007. 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.

Audition Requirements

Auditions will be heard between September 3 - 15 at The School for Strings in midtown Manhattan.

Chamber Music applicants must prepare two (2) solo movements of contrasting styles (can be from the same work). Pre-formed groups must prepare one piece. All applicants will be asked to sight-read a short selection.

Need help preparing for your orchestra and/or chamber music audition? Sign up to participate in the NYYS Audition Bootcamp led by Cory Lee of the Liberated Performer. Dates for the bootcamp are Sunday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 21. If you cannot make the bootcamp in person, you may also submit a video by August 18th and receive feedback by August 21st. Share a 10-minute video via dropbox, google drive or we transfer with The cost of the bootcamp is $75. 2019-20 Applications to NYYS Audition Bootcamp are now closed.


There is a non-refundable application fee of $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $415 registration fee upon acceptance into the program. Financial aid and work-study opportunities are available.


Instruction levels are incorporated within a two-tiered program, intermediate and advanced. Ensembles comprised of strings, winds, brass, guitar, harp, and piano meet weekly from October through April for individualized coaching sessions with a staff of outstanding professional musicians. The coaches for the 2019/2020 season include:

Workshops and Masterclasses

Participants in the Chamber Music Program have the opportunity to play for professional world class chamber players in masterclasses throughout the season. Recent master clinicians have included members of the Juilliard, Orion, American, and Shanghai quartets, Windscape, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Students also enjoy special evenings of sight-reading with coaches, workshops, and informal performances.


Each group performs at two jury assessments during the year. These assessments determine assignments in master classes and performances throughout the season.


The Chamber Program's season culminates in performances at Scandinavia House, the National Arts Center, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. 

First Music World Premiere

One ensemble in the Chamber Program is selected to perform the world première of a work commissioned through the New York Youth Symphony's First Music program, which commissions new works by young American composers. The work will have its première in Weill Recital Hall.

Community Concerts

Chamber Music students perform for children and senior citizens at various facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York. This form of music education and exposure is vital to the future generations of students who do not receive arts education in their schools. Within the care facilities, music therapy can improve overall rehabilitation of the therapy recipients and increase their motivation to become engaged in their treatment, depending on the nature of the disability. This unique experience also enables our players to use their talents to make a difference in people’s lives.

"I sincerely hope you will come back very soon to continue this great work. I want to personally thank each and every one of your young performers. I think often they cannot know how much they are helping with their effort." —Alessandro Ricciarelli, music therapist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering

Apply for the 2019/2020 Season

Applications for the 2019/2020 season are closed. Please check back in May 2020 for the 2020/2021 season application.