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Praised by the New York Times for their “incisive, cohesive and colorful playing,” the Orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall, and the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights five times during the 2017/18 season tackling works by Rachmaninoff, Dvořák, and Barber. Under the baton of music director Michael Repper, each performance will feature a world premiere by an emerging American composer, commissioned through the NYYS’s First Music program. Young soloist Christine Lamprea, cello, will make her Carnegie Hall debut, supported by The Roy and Shirley Durst Début series. Renowned flutist Demarre McGill will join the orchestra for Kevin Puts's Flute Concerto, and soprano Julia Bullock will join for Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Recent orchestra highlights include its first-ever tour in July 2015 to Argentina; a cameo appearance in the NY Public Theater’s Public Works production of The Odyssey; an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing with Misty Copeland, and participation in an international cultural exchange program in Trinidad sponsored by the US Embassy.


Each season the Orchestra performs three concerts at Carnegie Hall as well as free community concerts at venues such as the United Palace Theatre and the Manhattan School of Music. The performance schedule for the current season is here.


The Orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 2-6pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music unless otherwise noted. A detailed schedule is provided during auditions.


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

First Music World Premières

Each season, the Orchestra performs the world premières 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.


Auditions for the 2018/19 season are now closed. We invite you to audition for the 2019/20 season in June 2019. Please check the audition section of our website for eligibility and fee requirements, application information, and audition dates.

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

Soloist Profiles

Orchestra Staff