The application period for the NYO-USA's 2014 program will begin on August 1, 2013. At that time, you will be able to access the online application from the NYO-USA website. In addition to completing the application form, you will be required to upload the supporting materials listed below. There is a $30 application fee, payable online at the time you complete your application. (An application fee waiver, on the basis of financial need, may be requested after August 1.) The deadline to apply and submit all required materials is November 15, 2013. Applicants will be notified of their status by February 7, 2014. Additionally, we will offer comments from our review panel of professional musicians to all applicants about their audition, 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. Note also that applications from harpists and pianists (orchestral keyboardists) will be accepted based on the anticipated repertoire for 2014.
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: