NYC's Newest Orchestra for Musicians 10-18

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Our Newest Orchestra for NYC Residents

Launching at the start of the 2023/24 season, New York Youth Symphony’s Crescendo will be a 44-piece string orchestra for New York City residents ages 10-18 years old that is 100% free.


Performances and Rehearsals

There are two concerts per season. The concert dates and locations are below:

November 20th, 2023, 7PM at Merkin Hall at The Kaufman Center
April 21st, 2024, 3PM at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Crescendo rehearsals are held on Sundays from 2:30-4:30pm between September and April at Pearl Studios located at 500 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018.

Students are allowed a maximum of two excused absences during each concert cycle, up to a total of three absences for the season. Please note that there are mandatory rehearsals and performances for each concert cycle. Mandatory dates are noted in the program calendar, which can be found below. Absences from mandatory events will result in dismissal from the concert and/or program, with the possible exception of a death in the family or a serious medical emergency, including COVID-19 related illness.

View Crescendo Schedule



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


Prepare for your Auditions

Below you will find the excerpts to download for your audition. Please prepare all excerpts in the package.


Nyys Violin Audition Packet
Nyys Viola Audition Packet
Nyys Cello Audition Packet
Nyys Bass Audition Packet
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Meet Our Music Director

Tanatchaya (Tanya) Chanphanitpornkit

Music Director of Crescendo, Tanatchaya (Tanya) Chanphanitpornkit, is no stranger to the impact music can have on a child’s life. “I never had access to, or really knew about playing music until I came to the United States. In Thailand, it wasn’t part of the conversation at all, and it has made me understand the importance of access and education right here in our own backyard, “explained Tanya.

Listen to Tanya Talk About Crescendo



November 20, 2023, 7:00PM @ Merkin Hall
Jean Sibelius: Andante Festivo
Joseph Bologne: Symphony No. 1 in G Major, 1st Movement
Gustav Holst: St Paul’s Suite
Soon Hee Newbold: Orion and the Scorpion
Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings, 1st Movement
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet, 1st Movement

April 21, 2024, 3:00PM @ Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Joseph Bologne: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, 1st Movement
George Frideric Handel: The Arrival of The Queen of Sheba
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg No. 3, 3rd Movement
Florence Price: Andante Moderato
Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro


Aizuri Quartet

As Ensemble-in-Residence, the Aizuri Quartet will run four sectionals during the season - two for each concert cycle. The Quartet will also be performing Elgar's Introduction and Allegro with the orchestra at Zankel Hall on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 3PM.

The Aizuri Quartet view the string quartet as a living art and springboard for community, collaboration, curiosity and experimentation. At the core of their music-making is a virtuosic ability to illuminate a vast range of musical styles through their eclectic, engaging and thought-provoking programs.

Crescendo Partner

The McCutchen Foundation

Thank you to The McCutchen Foundation for their support in helping make this program a reality!

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