Since 2014, Carnegie Hall has offered apprenticeships to students in roles beyond instrumental positions in NYO-USA to explore key aspects of the orchestral field. For 2018, positions are available for an apprentice music librarian, an apprentice orchestra manager, two apprentice conductors, and two apprentice composers. Open to students ages 16–19 who meet the same eligibility requirements as prospective NYO-USA instrumentalists, these rare opportunities are ideal for musicians who are interested in the possibility of taking their musical experience in a new direction. Apprentices will work alongside NYO-USA’s artistic and administrative staff and gain direct experience in their respective craft. Apprentice conductors and composers will spend three weeks with NYO-USA at Purchase College, SUNY. The apprentice librarian and orchestra manager will additionally join the orchestra on tour to continue to support the production and operations of NYO-USA through concerts and cultural-exchange activities in Asia. All apprentices are considered members of NYO-USA and share in all accommodation, meal, and travel arrangements with their fellow musicians. Apprenticeships are tuition- and expense-free, with the exception of the cost of the student’s travel to/from the New York City area at the start of the program and at the conclusion of the tour. (Financial aid is available for this travel expense to applicants demonstrating substantial financial need.)
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.
Students may apply for one or all apprenticeships based on their interests and experience. If you are applying for the apprentice conductor and/or apprentice composer position in addition to the orchestra library and/or orchestra management apprenticeship(s), a separate application for the apprentice conductor and/or apprentice composer position is required. There is no fee to apply. If you are under the age of 18 at the time of your application, permission of a parent or guardian is needed.
Conducting apprenticeship applicants to NYO-USA are required to record a series of audition videos similar to that of instrumental applicants. Each performance segment must be recorded in one take with no editing (though you may 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. Please refer to our Video Guidelines for additional information and suggestions for effectively recording your audition.
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 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 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.