For the 2014 season of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, Carnegie Hall is pleased to offer three new opportunities for young musicians to be part of this exceptional educational and cultural experience. Applications are now being accepted for an orchestra library apprentice and an orchestra management apprentice, as well as for an assistant conductor.
Open to students ages 16–19 who meet the same eligibility requirements as prospective NYO-USA instrumentalists, these positions are ideal for musicians who are interested in the “behind-the-scenes” aspects of an orchestral career. Apprentices will work alongside Carnegie Hall administrative staff and NYO-USA faculty to learn about key functions that support the artistic and operational goals of symphony orchestras. Apprentices will participate for the duration of the NYO-USA residency and tour (July 5–August 6) and will be considered members of NYO-USA. They will share in all accommodation, meal, and travel arrangements with their fellow musicians. Apprenticeships are tuition- and expense-free, with the exception of the cost of the student’s travel to the New York City area at the start of the program, and home from Los Angeles at the conclusion of the tour. (Financial aid is available for this travel expense to applicants demonstrating substantial financial need.)
NYO-USA’s assistant conductor will have the opportunity to support the work of James Ross, NYO-USA's orchestra director, and the instrumental faculty during the orchestra’s residency at Purchase College, SUNY, and to assist conductor David Robertson as necessary during his rehearsals and on tour. The assistant conductor is expected to be present at all full orchestral rehearsals and prepared to lead portions of full or sectional rehearsals at the request of the orchestra director or conductor. As needed, he or she may be asked to work with individual players or groups of players and to advise/assist program staff and/or the orchestra librarian on artistic needs that may arise during the residency and tour.
The assistant conductor position is open to all US Residents ages 18–35 who have permission to undertake paid employment in the United States. A modest stipend and all expenses will be provided by Carnegie Hall.
Conductors may apply for this position online by completing a short application form and uploading an audition video no later than March 15, 2014.
Orchestra librarians have the important role of preparing all of the music a symphony orchestra uses in rehearsal and performance—researching available editions, ensuring the material is as accurate as possible and marked consistently for all players and conductors, and preparing parts so that the bowings are in sync, to mention just a few key responsibilities. NYO-USA’s orchestra library apprentice will receive first-hand experience working alongside Paul Beck, NYO-USA's principal orchestra librarian, during the orchestra’s residency and tour. The apprentice also will explore this little-known profession through meeting leaders in the field and learning what it takes to succeed as an orchestra librarian. Mr. Beck is currently the principal orchestra librarian at The Juilliard School and has also worked with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Mostly Mozart Festival. In addition, he is concert librarian for Renée Fleming, for whom he prepares orchestral parts used throughout the world.
The successful candidate for this apprenticeship will have a strong interest in printed music, the ability to read full scores, and strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
This apprenticeship is an opportunity to work alongside NYO-USA's orchestra personnel manager and other artistic and administrative staff to learn about the planning and execution of an orchestra’s activities in rehearsals and the successful presentation of concerts. Orchestra personnel managers are musicians who serve as the key liaison between and among conductors, players, and other administrative personnel. The apprentice will assist with seating assignments and rotation, rehearsal orders and timings, backstage logistics, and preparation of venues for rehearsals and concerts. He or she will also have a window into the larger planning of an orchestral tour, particularly from the perspective of ensuring that the artistic needs of the musicians are addressed as fully as possible.
The successful candidate will have experience as a member of instrumental ensembles, a general familiarity with orchestral music, and excellent communication and organizational abilities.
Students may apply for one or both apprenticeships based on their interests and experience. There is no fee to apply, and a short application form must be completed online by February 15, 2014. If you are under the age of 18 at the time of your application, permission of a parent or guardian is needed.