Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony's Orchestra.
With its sophisticated programming, performances in one of the world's greatest concert halls, superb musical leadership, 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. Michael Repper was appointed music director at the beginning of the 2017/18 season.
Auditions for the 2018/19 season are now open. Start your application here.
Orchestra auditions will be held August 24 - September 9, 2018. Upon completing the online application, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to schedule your audition online.
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.
We encourage each applicant to review the Orchestra Program Guidelines* to make sure that they can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying. Details about the program can also be found on the Orchestra page.
*Please note that the guidelines are for the 2017-2018 Season and may change slightly for this season.
Rehearsal and Concert Schedule
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 16, 2018. Concert dates for the season are November 18th, December 2nd, February 24th, March 10th, and May 12th at 2:00 pm.
Please note: Rehearsals prior to a concert are mandatory for all students to attend. If you do not attend a mandatory rehearsal you will not be allowed to perform at the concerts for that concert cycle.
Kick-Off Weekend will take place September 21-23, 2018 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.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $575 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
Auditions are ten minutes in length. 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.
You may be asked to perform sight-reading excerpts, both melodic and rhythmic. You may also be asked to demonstrate various different basic techniques germane to your instrument, which may include knowledge of major and minor scales and/or bowing/tonguing techniques.
Please bring solo repertoire with you, although note that due to time constraints, you may not be asked to perform your solo repertoire in your audition. In preparation for this audition, please place the highest priority on the excerpts found below.
Excerpts for each instrument can be found here.