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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. NYYS students will receive information on how to register from their program's manager. 

  • Applying to Colleges

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    Zoom Webinar, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

    Are you considering school and a career in music? Or maybe you’re looking into a double major, minor, or joint program. In this workshop representatives from colleges and universities discuss their admission process and provide tips and feedback for students who preparing to choose a path through college. This season's participants include The Juilliard School of Music, Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Duke University, and more. Student and parents take this opportunity to ask questions and get tips on how to be a strong candidate, and whether to pursue a double major, a minor, or joint program. This year’s panel will be hosted virtually on Zoom, on Wednesday, October 28. Parents are invited to join.

  • Yoga and Mindfulness with Alan Buxbaum

    Sunday, November 22, 2020
    Zoom Webinar, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

    NYYS Orchestra Assistant Conductor and Ashtanga Yoga Practitioner Alan Buxbaum leads students through the basics of breathwork and mindfulness. As any musician knows, practicing and performing can take a physical toll. Learn to re-center mind, body, and spirit through basic yoga and breathing exercises, many of which can be done even from your chair! This workshop will be hosted virtually on Zoom, on Sunday, November 22. Parents are invited to join.

  • The Art of Digital Video Making

    Monday, December 7, 2020
    Zoom Webinar, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

    Being a professional musician in 2020 often goes beyond making music. NYYS Orchestra Music Director Michael Repper, NYYS Jazz Director Andy Clausen, and NYYS Musical Theater Songwriting Director Anna Jacobs team up to share their personal experiences and professional insights into promoting yourself as a musician. Through The Art of Digital Video Making, students will learn basic software skills that will enable them to make high quality promotional videos. This workshop will be hosted virtually on Zoom, on Monday, December 7, 2020.