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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 tours to Spain and Argentina, appearances on CNN, an appearance with the Tribeca Film Festival, and an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing with Misty Copeland. The orchestra also released their professional recording album on Avie records during the Covid-19 pandemic featuring pianist Michelle Cann, and the album can be streamed/purchased here.

Performances, Rehearsals and Sectionals

There are three concerts per season at Carnegie Hall. The concert dates for the 2022/2023 season are as follows:

  • Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 2pm
  • Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 2pm
  • Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 2pm

Orchestra rehearsals are held on Sundays from 2-6pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, located at 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY.

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 NYC metropolitan area.

First Music World Premiere and fellowships

Each season, the Orchestra performs the world premieres of three pieces by young American composers commissioned through the NYYS 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 more information.

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.


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. To attend an NYYS concert, please email info(at)nyys(dot)org for tickets, or call our offices at (212) 581-5933. 

Orchestra Staff