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With its sophisticated programming, performances in one of the world's greatest concert halls, superb musical leadership under Music Director Michael Repper, 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. Recent orchestra highlights include its first-ever tour to Spain (June 2019), an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning, and an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing with Misty Copeland.


Recording Project 
Valerie Coleman: Umoja
Jessie Montgomery: Soul Force
Florence Price: Ethiopia’s Shadow in America
Florence Price: Piano Concerto in One Movement, featuring Michelle Cann, piano

Sunday March 7, 2021 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Valerie Coleman: Umoja 
Barber: Violin Concerto, op. 14, featuring Grace Park, violin
Jonathan Cziner: Rauch (and Other Delights) (First Music commission and World Premiere)
Gershwin: An American in Paris

Sunday May 9, 2021 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Jessie Montgomery: Soul Force
Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer, featuring Paulo Szot, baritone
Rogers/Hammerstein: Some Enchanted Evening, featuring Paulo Szot, baritone
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”


Orchestra rehearsals are held on Sundays from 2-6pm. September rehearsals will be held online via Zoom. Subsequent rehearsals will be held at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, located at 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2020. Download the 20/21 Orchestra Season Schedule here.


Sectional rehearsals are held once per concert cycle, led by members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and prominent musicians in the metropolitan area.

First Music World Premiere

Each season, the Orchestra performs the world premieres of three pieces commissioned by young American composers through the First Music program. Orchestra members collaborate with today's most gifted young composers in a unique opportunity for both composer and player to realize musical dreams, and to surmount the challenges of giving the world a new work of art. See the First Music page for this year's commissions.


Fellowships are offered each season to principal string, wind, brass, and percussion players. Additional fellowships are awarded to students who mentor first-year members. Fellows have unique responsibilities within their section, participate in community outreach, and make a commitment for performing new works by students of the Composition program at the annual Orchestration Reading Workshop and Composition Date Concert.


Applications for the 2020/21 season are now closed. We invite you to apply for the 2021/2022 season - please check back in June 2021 for further information.

Note: Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an NYYS open rehearsal or concert, as well as to review the audition information page. To attend an NYYS concert, please email info(at)nyys(dot)org for tickets, or call our offices at (212) 581-5933. 

Orchestra Staff