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Orchestra Program

Audition Info

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

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

With its sophisticated programming, performances in one of the world's greatest concert halls, superb musical leadership under Music Director Michael Repper, new works commissioned of the nation's best young composers, outstanding soloists, and professional-level attitude, the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra sets itself apart as one of the finest ensembles in the nation.

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.

Rehearsal and Concert Information

Rehearsals are held on Sundays from 2-6pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, located at 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday, September 8, 2019. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:
Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, featuring Harmony Zhupiano
Marco-Adrián Ramos: Rehén de tus labios, o Escena de telenovela (First Music commission and world premiere)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:

Dvořák: Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104, featuring Sterling Elliott, cello
Tanner Porter:  The Sycamore and the Oak (First Music commission and world premiere)
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:

Patrick O’Malley: Obliviana (First Music commission and world premiere)
Florence Price: Piano Concerto in One Movement, featuring Michelle Cann, piano 
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”

Kick-Off Weekend

Kick-Off Weekend will take place September 13-15, 2019 at Camp DeWolfe in Wading River, NY. Rehearsals, sectionals, workshops and social events are planned as a way to start the orchestra season. This is a required event for all orchestra students and all students should plan on leaving Friday afternoon and returning Sunday early evening.

Attendance Guidelines

Students are allowed a maximum of two excused absences during each concert cycle, up to a total of five absences for the season. Please note that there are mandatory rehearsals and performances for each concert cycle. Mandatory dates are noted in the program calendar which is distributed upon acceptance to the program. Absences from mandatory events will result in dismissal from the concert and/or program, with the possible exception of a death in the family or a serious medical emergency.


There is a non-refundable application fee of $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $595 registration fee. Financial aid and work-study opportunities are available.

What to Expect at Your Audition

Auditions will be held between August 23 - September 2nd at the  NYYS  offices at 110 W 40th Street, Suite 1503, New York, NY 10018 except for percussion, timpani, harp, and piano which are held at The DiMenna Center.

Auditions are ten minutes long, and are heard by the Music Director and Assistant Conductor. A warm up room is available ten minutes prior to your audition time. Due to space limitations we ask that you do not arrive for your audition more than 15 minutes in advance.

At your audition you will be asked to play orchestral excerpts per instrument as well as solo repertoire. Due to time limitations at the audition, you may not be asked to perform each excerpt or your solo repertoire. Please place the highest priority in your preparation on the excerpts.

You may also be asked to sight-read, and demonstrate basic techniques on your instrument, which may include knowledge of major and minor scales and/or bowing/tonguing techniques.

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. In this workshop, you will gain valuable musical insights and performance experience with your repertoire. You will participate in multiple 10-minute mock auditions in front of a panel in the actual audition room, receive comments and video feedback, and attend an audition strategy lecture for further learning.

Dates for the bootcamp are Sunday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 21. If you cannot make the bootcamp in person, you may also submit audio/video of your repertoire (maximum of 10 minutes) by August 18th to receive feedback by August 21st. Share your recordings via Dropbox, GoogleDrive or WeTransfer with The cost of the bootcamp is $75. 2019-2020 Applications to NYYS Audition Bootcamp are now closed.

Apply for the 2019/2020 Season


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

Note: Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an NYYS open rehearsal or concert, as well as to review the audition information page. To attend an NYYS concert, please email info(at)nyys(dot)org for tickets, or call our offices at (212) 581-5933.