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Chamber Music Program

Audition Info


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.

Applicants should review the guidelines on this page to make sure that they can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying.

Audition Dates and eligibility

Chamber music auditions will be held on select dates between September 6th and 18th. Auditions will either take place at the NYYS offices (110 West 40th Street, New York) or School for Strings (419 West 54th Street, New York). 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. All auditions will be held in-person, however, if you are not in the NYC area at the time of the auditions, please contact the NYYS office to schedule a virtual audition, which will be granted on a limited basis.

New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in the 2022/2023 season, the applicant's birth date must be no earlier than May 28, 2000 and no later than November 20, 2010, 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.

Students are required to be vaccinated and boosted with an FDA-authorized vaccine to participate in our programs.

what to expect at your audition

Auditions are 10 minutes long, and are heard by the Chamber Music program staff. 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 may be asked to sight-read.

concerts, recitals and masterclasses

Chamber Music students perform throughout the community and renowned venues like Scandinavia House and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Each group performs at two jury assessments during the year. It is a great way to hear the other ensembles in the program, as well as get to know the other groups at a post-jury reception.

The program offers 15 masterclasses per season with acclaimed musicians including members of the Juilliard, Orion, Tokyo, Harlem and Shanghai quartets, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Sphinx, Windscape, NY Woodwind Quintet, and Orpheus, as well as many others.


A major highlight of the CMP is the opportunity to study contemporary music. Each season, one ensemble is selected to perform the world premiere of a piece by a young American composer commissioned through the NYYS First Music program. Past commission winners include Timo Andres, Derek Bermel, Amanda Harberg, Christopher Theofanidis, and Sean Shepherd. In addition, CMP ensembles collaborate with students in the NYYS Composition Program, performing their works at the Composition Date concert.

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.

for more information

Please check the Chamber Music program page for more information.