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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 with the exception of the How to Audition Like a Boss! workshop.

Dates for the 2019/20 season TBD

  • 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.

  • Applying to College

    November 4, 12:30-1:30pm
    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, New England Conservatory, Vanderbilt University, etc. 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.

  • Alexander Technique

    January 13, 1:15-2:15pm
    DiMenna Center, Cary Hall

    Join us for a workshop on Alexander Technique led by Lori Schiff of The Juilliard School. The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, and coordination. The technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and of course playing your instrument.

  • Playing on Broadway

    March 24, 12:30-1:30pm
    DiMenna Center, Benzaquen Hall

    A great deal of New York’s musical work is on Broadway. Pit musicians, composers/orchestrators, and musical directors will talk about the skills you need in the theater world, how they got their gigs, and give advice on how you can get to Broadway.

  • How to Network in the Arts

    Sunday, April 7th, 2019
    1:00 - 2:00 pm
    DiMenna Center, Benzaquen Hall

    If you are passionate about music, art, dance, or theater, you can successfully build a fulfilling artistic just have to dream it first, know yourself enough to acknowledge what jobs would not make you happy (and what would), and build your network of people. In this workshop led by violist Jessica Meyer, participants will reflect on what is unique about them, what they see themselves doing in the future, learn about how opportunities happen in the real world, practice talking to others in a fun way, and create their "elevator speech".