The National Youth Orchestra of the United States invites young musicians (ages 16-19) to audition for its 2014 season (July 5 through August 6). All application materials, including a videotaped performance audition based on the requirements described below, must be submitted using an online form, administered by Decision Desk, a service that provides a digital audition platform to many performing arts schools and programs. Once you create your account with Decision Desk you will be able to start the NYO-USA application and save your progress at any point.
There is a $30 application fee, payable online via
major credit card at the time you fully complete and submit your application.
For those interested in applying for a fee waiver, on the basis of financial
need, please e-mail a completed fee-waiver form to email@example.com before
you submit your application. Upon approval, we will provide you with a promo
code to be entered during the payment step of your application on Decision
The deadline to complete the application and submit all required materials is November 15, 2013. Applicants will be notified of their status by February 7, 2014. Additionally, NYO-USA is pleased to be able to offer comments on your audition from our review panel of professional musicians, following the February 7 notification.
Please note if you are under 18 at the time you apply, the consent of your parent or guardian is required.
NYO-USA is accepting applications for the 2014 season from all standard orchestral instruments including harp, piano (orchestral keyboard), and alto saxophone.
All applicants to NYO-USA are required to record an audition video that includes the content outlined below. Each performance segment must be recorded in one take with no editing. Please refer to our Video Guidelines for additional information and suggestions for effectively recording your audition. Note also that professional equipment and/or studio space is not necessary for a successful application to NYO-USA. With attention to a few details, your music making can be conveyed using readily available consumer electronics.
NYO-USA is open to US citizens or permanent residents (Green Card holders) from all backgrounds. You must be between the ages of 16 and 19 during the summer of your participation. For 2014, this means your birthdate must be between July 1, 1994, and June 30, 1998. Additionally, if you are enrolled full-time in a college-level conservatory or music department with instrumental performance as your major (or intended field of study) you are not eligible to join NYO-USA. There are no other educational or performance requirements for NYO-USA eligibility. Please see specific examples below: