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NYO Jazz
Application Information

NYO Jazz invites young musicians (ages 16–19) to audition for its 2019 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 Jazz 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 have created an Acceptd account, you will be able to save your progress at any time. 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.


  • September 7, 2018: Application officially opens
  • January 31, 2019: Application deadline (at 11:59 PM in your respective time zone)
  • February 15, 2019: Recommendation deadline
  • March 15, 2019: Applicants notified of status via email; audition feedback provided shortly thereafter
  • July 2019: Program begins
  • September 2019: Audition selections posted for 2020 program


NYO Jazz is accepting applications for the 2019 season on the following instruments:

  • flute
  • clarinet
  • saxophone (alto, tenor, and baritone)
  • trumpet
  • trombone (tenor and bass)
  • piano
  • bass
  • guitar
  • drums/percussion
  • vibraphone

Applications for NYO Jazz 2019 are now closed. Please check back in September for information on applying to NYO Jazz 2020.

NYO Jazz is a free program.

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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 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, 2018.

Application Requirements

Audition Videos

All applicants to NYO Jazz 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 six months of the application deadline. Professional equipment and/or studio space is not necessary for a successful application to NYO Jazz. 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:

Musical Selections

To request lead sheets for the required tunes below, or if you have questions about applying to NYO Jazz, please email




If you double on another instrument, please include one or two additional examples of your playing on that instrument. You must submit examples for each doubling instrument listed on your application.

Audition Tips for Brass and Woodwind Players, with Sean Jones

Sean Jones provides insight into the audition requirements for NYO Jazz brass and woodwind players.



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Audition Tips for Pianists, Vibraphonists, Guitarists, and Bassists, with Sean Jones

Sean Jones provides insight into the audition requirements for NYO Jazz pianists, vibraphonists, guitarists, and bassists.



Audition Tips for Drummers, with Sean Jones

Sean Jones provides insight into the audition requirements for NYO Jazz drummers.


Citizenship: NYO Jazz 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 2019, this means your birthdate must be between July 1, 1999, and June 30, 2003, 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 jazz performance as your major (or intended field of study), you are not eligible to join NYO Jazz. There are no other educational or performance requirements for NYO Jazz eligibility. Please see specific examples below.

You are not considered a full-time music student if you

You are considered a full-time music student if

Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Clive Gillinson.

Additional support has been provided by Sarah Arison and Bank of America.

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