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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.


Each season the Orchestra performs three concerts at Carnegie Hall. The 2019/2020 dates and programming are as follows:

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:

Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, featuring Harmony Zhupiano
Marco-Adrián Ramos: Rehén de tus labios, o Escena de telenovela
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:

Dvořák: Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104, featuring Sterling Elliottcello
Tanner Porter:  The Sycamore and the Oak (First Music commission and world premiere)
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:

Patrick O’Malley: Obliviana (First Music commission and world premiere)
Florence Price: Piano Concerto in One Movement, featuring Michelle Cannpiano 
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”


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.


Applications for the 2019/2020 season are closed. Please check back in June, 2020 for the 2020/2021 season application.

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