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Composition Program

Audition Info

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

Directed by Dr. Kyle Blaha, the New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program 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.

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, 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.

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 in May 2020.


The application fee for the 2019/2020 season is $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $360 registration fee upon acceptance into the program. Financial aid and work-study opportunities are available.

What to Expect at Your Audition

Interviews will be held on September 12 and 13 at the NYYS offices at 110 W. 40th Street, Suite 1503, New York, NY 10018.

At your interview you will meet with the 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. 

Apply for the 2019/2020 Season

Click here to begin your application.