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Chamber Music Program

Audition Info

Applications for the 21/22 Chamber Music Program is now closed

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.

Applications for the 2021/22 season are closed. Please check back in June 2022 for the 2022/2023 season application.

Chamber Music auditions will be held both in-person and online via Zoom on September 9-12, 16, and 18-19.
Please wear a mask for in-person auditions.

Applicants should review the guidelines on this page to make sure that they can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying. If you have any questions, please email info(at)nyys(dot)org. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response as staff are working remotely.

Audition Requirements

Auditions will be held on September 9-12, 16, 18-19, 2021, both in-person and online via Zoom. Please download the Zoom app for free here. In-person auditions will take place at the NYYS offices (110 W. 40th St, Suite 1503, New York, NY 10018), and The School for Strings (419 W. 54th St, New York, NY 10019).

Upon completing the online application, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to schedule your audition online as well as the supplemental form, which must be completed before your 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. 

Age Eligibility

New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in the 2021/2022 season, the applicant's birth date must be no earlier than May 31, 1999 and no later than August 6, 2009. 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

  • The New York Youth Symphony will require all Students to be vaccinated with an FDA emergency use authorized vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson) in order to participate in any of our programs during the 2021/22 season. 
  • Proof of completed vaccination must be uploaded within the 2021/22 season application.
  • The reason for our vaccination requirement is to protect the health and safety of our NYYS community to the fullest extent possible.  
  • The NYYS will continue to rely on the most up-to-date medical information available and governmental guidance to make informed decisions about our vaccination requirement.
  • Individuals may request religious or medical exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirements which will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • Questions?  For more information, email info[at]nyys[dot]org.

Fees & Financial Aid

There is a non-refundable application fee of $95. Upon acceptance to the program, there is a $425 registration fee. 

The NYYS recognizes that the cost of application and registration fees may be prohibitive for some students, and that access to technology may be a barrier to participation in online activities. Financial aid, application fee waivers, work-study, and technology funds are available to help offset these expenses. Financial need is the major consideration when awarding assistance. We ask that students seek funding through their personal networks in addition to completing the financial aid application as funds are limited.

Application fee waivers and additional financial aid are available. Apply FOR BOTH within the NYYS program application.


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 2020/2021 season include:

*on leave

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, Harlem and Shanghai quartets, Windscape, International Contemporary Ensemble, Sphinx, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Masterclass guests for the 2020/2021 season include:

  • Rebecca Fischer, violin (The Afield, Chiara Quartet, Mannes School of Music)
  • Hsin-Yun Huang, viola (Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School)
  • Ani Kavafian, violin (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Yale School of Music)
  • Dana Kelly, viola (Orpheus, Sphinx, Argus Quartet, The Knights)
  • Joel Krosnick, cello (Juilliard Quartet)
  • Anne-Marie McDermott, piano (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Vail Music Festival, Angel Fire)
  • Anthony McGill, clarinet (NY Philharmonic, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Bard College)
  • Danny Phillips, violin (Orion Quartet, The Juilliard School, Bard College, Queens College)
  • Orli Shaham, piano (The Juilliard School, Columbia University, Orli Shaham's Bach Yard)
  • Melissa White, violin (Harlem Quartet)


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


The Chamber Music Program season will culminate in performances at NYC venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 4, 2022. 

First Music World Premiere

One ensemble in the Chamber Music Program is selected to perform the world premiere 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 premiere in Weill Recital Hall.

Community Concerts

Chamber Music Program 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.

Applications for the 2021/22 season are closed. Please check back in June 2022 for the 2022/2023 season application.