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Composition Program

Audition Info


Directed by Dr. Kyle Blaha, the New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program is the first series of workshops in the country for young musicians to explore the world of composition and orchestration. Students between the ages of 12-22 who have a sense of curiosity and a taste for musical adventure are invited to apply.

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

interview dates and eligibility

Composition interviews will be held on September 8th and 9th at the NYYS offices at 110 West 40th Street, New York, NY. Upon completing the online application, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to schedule your interview online as well as the supplemental form, which must be completed before your audition. All interviews will be held in-person, however, if you are not in the NYC area at the time of the interviews, 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 interview

Interviews are 15 minutes long, and at your interview, you will meet with the Director and Assistant Director of the Composition Program.

Each applicant is asked to submit a minimum of one recent composition (score and recording) in the Composition program supplemental form, which will be discussed during your virtual interview. MIDI files are acceptable.

Seminars and Performances

The Composition Program generally meets weekly from October to May on Thursdays between 4:30-7:00pm at the NYYS offices, located at 110 West 40th Street, New York, NY. A full schedule of sessions will be available upon acceptance to the 2022/2023 Composition Program.

Students' works are read and workshopped throughout the season, culminating in a final performance by members of the NYYS Orchestra, Chamber Music, Jazz, and Apprentice Conducting programs at the annual Composition Date concert in May 2023.

for more information

Please check the Composition program page for more information.