Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony chamber music program.
The Chamber Music Program is an excellent opportunity for players to enhance their musical abilities, improve their performance confidence, and develop interpersonal skills within small group settings. To read more information about the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Program can be found on the Chamber Program page. 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 are now accepting applications for the 2018/19 season. Start your application here.
Auditions will be held September 4-16, 2018. Please see the audition requirements below. Note: Prospective applicants are urged to review the Chamber Music Guidelines and check for scheduling conflicts before applying for an audition.
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. Applicants must also fill out a supplemental audition form and bring it to the audition. Download the supplemental form here.
New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in a NYYS Program, the applicant's birthdate must be no earlier than May 17, 1996 and no later than November 17, 2006, inclusive. Please do not apply if your birthdate falls outside of these dates as you will not be eligible for the program and we are not able to refund your application fee.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $400 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.
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 2018/2019 season include:
- Yari Bond, cello
- Eileen Buck, piano
- Seungho Choi, clarinet
- Ana Elashvili, violin
- Tomoko Fujita, cello
- Matthew Goeke, cello
- Adrienne Kim, piano
- Jia Kim, cello
- Katia Kravitz, piano
- Caitlin Lynch, viola
- Adam Meyer, viola
- Avi Nagin, violin
- Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet
- Caleb van der Swaagh, cello
- Miho Weber, cello
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.
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