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    Orchestra  |  Apprenticeships


    Orchestra

    The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) invites young musicians ages 16–19 to audition for its 2018 season. All application materials must be submitted using an online form administered by Acceptd, a service that provides a digital audition platform to many performing arts schools and programs. In order to start the NYO-USA application, you will need to create an Acceptd account. (If you already have one, you can start a new application using your existing account.) Once you create an Acceptd account, 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 the required application videos to make certain they represent your playing as effectively as possible.

    Timeline

    • November 15, 2017: Application deadline (at 11:59 PM in your respective time zone)
    • December 1, 2017: Recommendation deadline
    • February 2, 2018: Applicants notified of status via email; audition feedback provided shortly thereafter
    • Late June / Early July 2018: Program begins

    Instrumentation

    NYO-USA is accepting applications for the 2018 season on all standard orchestra instruments. As of this time, we do not anticipate harp or keyboard as part of NYO-USA 2018.

    Application Fee

    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 email a completed fee-waiver application to nyo-usa@carnegiehall.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 Acceptd. Fee waiver requests must be received no later than November 1, 2017.

    Application Requirements

    • Audition Videos (details below)
    • Biographical Essay: In approximately 200–300 words, describe your background and musical/educational experience, including how participation in NYO-USA would help you achieve personal or artistic goals.
    • Recommendations: You will be asked to enter email addresses for two required references; a third is optional. Each reference will receive a link to an online recommendation form after you submit your completed application. Please note that this email will be sent directly from Acceptd (not Carnegie Hall or NYO-USA). Your references will have until December 1 to complete and submit their confidential recommendations. References who can address both your personal and musical qualities, such as your music teacher(s) and/or ensemble conductor(s), are preferred.

    Audition Videos

    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 and should select the best of several takes). All videos must be recorded within eight months of the application deadline. 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. Many past participants have recorded successful applications using iPhones or other smartphones. Please refer to our Video Guidelines for additional information and suggestions for effectively recording your audition.

    Required Video Segments:

    • Introduction: Before performing your solo selection, please include a spoken introduction in which you state your name, instrument, hometown, and title of the solo work you have chosen.
    • Solo Piece: The solo may be any work of your choice, or a movement/section of a longer work, provided it is approximately three minutes in duration. If the piece is longer than three minutes, you may record an excerpt or submit an unedited three-minute section from a longer recording. You may also use a recent solo recording if it meets the NYO-USA audition requirements, but please record and upload the spoken introduction separately. A work with piano accompaniment (except if you are applying on harp, keyboard, or percussion) is strongly preferred.
    • Excerpts: Include one video per work of the required orchestral excerpts for your instrument. Wind players wishing to demonstrate proficiency on an auxiliary instrument should include the relevant excerpt. Please note that if there are two excerpts from the same movement, we prefer that they be uploaded as one video segment.
    • Video Essay: Please record an answer to one of the following questions.
      • What is your most meaningful musical experience, either as a performer or as a listener?
      • What is a non-musical interest or activity that you are passionate about and why?
      • What musician (of any genre) most inspires you and why (or how)?

    Eligibility

    Citizenship: NYO-USA is open to US citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) from all backgrounds.

    Age Limit: You must be between the ages of 16 and 19 during the summer of your participation. For 2018, this means your birthdate must be between August 7, 1998, and June 30, 2002, without exception. Please note that if you are under 18 at the time that you apply, the consent of your parent or guardian is required.

    Music Study: 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:
      • study part-time at or take lessons through the pre-college or preparatory division of a music school or conservatory
      • are enrolled in a performing arts high school, regardless of your course of study
      • are enrolled in a college, university, or conservatory degree program in a field outside of instrumental performance (including all non-music majors, voice, music education, composition, musicology, etc.)
      • have been accepted by and plan to enroll in a college, university, or conservatory instrumental performance program, but will not begin full-time studies until after July 2018
    • You are considered a full-time music student if:
      • you are enrolled (or will be prior to June 2018) in a college, university, or conservatory music-degree program, with instrumental performance as your major or intended field of study if you have not yet declared a major (including double majors with an instrumental performance specialization)
      • regardless of your age, you are enrolled (or will be prior to June 2018) as a full-time student in a non-degree conservatory or music school diploma program beyond the preparatory level, with instrumental performance as your primary field of study
  • NYO-USA Supporting Sponsor:

    PepsiCo Foundation (2017)

    Additional funding has been provided by The Jack Benny Family Foundation; JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation; and Jolyon Stern and Nelle Nugent.

    Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

    Blavatnik Family Foundation (2017)


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