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The New York Youth Symphony is committed to providing workshops on topics that are useful to our students' success in their program and other areas of their lives. All workshops are free to NYYS students with the exception of the How to Audition Like a Boss! workshop.

  • Applying to Colleges

    Sunday, October 27, 2019
    DiMenna Center, Benzaquen Hall

    Are you considering school and a career in music? Or maybe you’re looking into a double major, minor, or joint program. Representatives from the country’s top music schools including Juilliard, Oberlin, and Duke will discuss the application and audition process. Ask questions and get tips on how to be a strong candidate directly from the people who see your applications. Parents are invited to join.

  • PROJECT Trio Improvisation Workshop

    Sunday, December 1, 2019
    2:00 - 3:00 pm
    DiMenna Center, Cary Hall

    PROJECT Trio is passionate about improvisation, but most classical musicians these days shy away when ever asked to jam. It is easy to forget that improvisation was a valued skill for most of the history of classical music, including the great masters Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and more. The PROJECT Trio workshop will teach everyone the fundamentals of improvisation. The participants will leave with a tool box to explore and find their unique musical voice.

  • How to Audition Like a Boss!
    How to Audition Like a Boss!

    January 12, 19, and 26, 2020
    Michiko Studios

    For students preparing to audition for colleges, summer festivals, competitions, and gigs, the New York Youth Symphony will offer two weeks of intensive audition preparation workshops designed to help young musicians overcome their fears and play their best. The workshops include masterclasses with New York Philharmonic musicians including Leelanee Sterrett (horn), and Kenneth Mirkin (viola) and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians including Demian Austin (trombone), Chelsea Knox (flute), and Jacqui Danilow (bass), plus individual sessions with performance coach Cory Lee of the Liberated Performer, and instruction on Alexander Technique with Lori Schiff. Students will receive video of their "before" and "after mock auditions.