The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America invites young musicians (ages 16–19) to audition for its 2015 season. All application materials 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. The application for 2015 will be available August 4, 2014. 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. If this is your first experience with an online digital audition service, we encourage you to allow enough time to upload and review your videos so they represent your playing as effectively as possible.
NYO-USA is accepting applications for the 2015 season on all standard orchestral instruments, as well as harp.
There is a $30 application fee, payable online via major credit card at the time you fully complete and submit your application. To apply for a fee waiver on the basis of financial need, please e-mail a completed fee-waiver application to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Desk. Fee waiver requests must be received no later than October 20.
All applicants to NYO-USA are required to record a series of audition videos that include the content outlined below. Each performance segment must be recorded in one take with no editing (though you may select the best of several takes). 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. Please refer to our Video Guidelines for additional information and suggestions for effectively recording your audition.
Who inspires you musically and why? OR
How would you describe your instrument's personality? OR
Describe your most memorable musical experience.
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 2015, this means your birthdate must be between July 1, 1995, and June 30, 1999, without exception. Please note that if you are under 18 at the time you apply, the consent of your parent or guardian is required.
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:You are not considered a full-time music student if you
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We are pleased to announce additional opportunities for young musicians to participate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.
This season we will be offering three apprenticeships—a music librarian, an orchestra manager, and a conductor—for students ages 16–19, who meet NYO-USA’s eligibility requirements. Learn more
NYO-USA also seeks an assistant conductor, from candidates ages 20–35, to support the program’s orchestra director, instrumental faculty, and conductor, both during the residency and on tour. Learn more
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