Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the 2015/2016 Season of the New York Youth Symphony. Applications will open on Monday June 15, 2015.


In order to participate in a NYYS Program the applicant's birthdate must fall between November 24, 2003 and May 25, 1993, inclusive. All applicants must complete a single application that may be applied to one or more programs. The application fee is $80 and is non-refundable.

2015/2016 Calendar of Events

The full calendar of events for the 2015/2016 season will be published in August 2015, but the attached PDF has a list of required dates for each program. Please review this document before applying to see if you can commit to the requirements. Orchestra students are required to attend the weekly rehearsal prior to each concert.

Dates are subject to change and students will receive a complete schedule upon being accepted into the program. 

Download the 2015-2016 NYYS Calendar of Events

Program Registration Fees

The cost of each NYYS program is $5000/per student, however all students receive full-tuition scholarships. Once accepted into a NYYS program there is a registration fee to confirm your participation. The 2015/2016 season registration fees are:

Apprentice Conducting: $125
Chamber Music: $325
Composition: $275 (includes manditory Kickoff Weekend Fees)
Jazz: $50
Orchestra: $300 (includes manditory Kickoff Weekend Fees)

Please note: Kickoff Weekend will be September 18-20, 2015 at Camp DeWolfe in Wading River, NY . It is required for all Orchestra and Composition students.

Work Study

The New York Youth Symphony's core values state that no one is to be excluded by their ability to pay. Therefore, work study opportunities are available for students to recoup the Registration Fees. Work study opportunities include assisting at the annual benefit, helping to set up rehearsals and workshops, and working in the administrative office. Work study applications will be sent to all students upon acceptance into a program. Students are paid at a rate of $10 per hour and can work up to the amount of their program's registration fee.

Scheduling Your Audition

Upon submitting your application and application fee, you will receive an automatic email with the link for you to schedule your audition (the administrative office is closed on Fridays during the summer). Please do not phone the office regarding audition times as they can only be scheduled online.

Audition Dates for the 2015/2016 season are:

Orchestra: August 30 - September 8 2015 ***ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED*** Unfortunately all audition slots for Orchestra Auditions are closed. 
Jazz: September 27 - 28, 2015
Chamber: September 8 - 20, 2015 
Composition: September 4 - 9, 2015
Apprentice Conducting: September 15, 2015


Excerpts for the Orchestra and Jazz auditions can be found at the following links:

Online Application

All applications are required to be completed online (and not through a smart phone). The application should take between 15-20 minutes to complete. Please make sure you have all of the documents and information required below before you begin your application as you cannot save your work and resume at a later time. Required Information and Documents include:

  • Digital copy of Passport, State ID or Birth Certificate (JPEG or PDF files smaller than 1mb preferred)
  • Your private music teacher's name and contact information, if applicable.
  • Your school's name and music teacher's contact information, if applicable.
  • Emergency contact information.
  • Contact information for parents/guardians and grandparents.
  • If you are under 18 years old, a parent/guardian must be available to provide legal consent.

Upon submission, you should receive an email confirming that your application was submitted. If you do not receive confirmation within 15 minutes, please contact us at If you have issues completing the form, please try to complete it using a different browser before phoning the office.

Please apply here.