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Application Information

NYO2 has a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. 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 NYO2 application, you will need to create a Acceptd account. (If you already have one, you can start a new application using your existing account.) Once you have created a 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.


A formal nomination from a teacher, ensemble director, school/band/orchestra administrator, or community leader is required as part of the application. NYO2 welcomes the nomination of musicians who have not had access to highly selective ensemble training opportunities through youth orchestra programs, summer festivals, camps, or similar experiences outside of their own communities.


  • September 7, 2018: Application officially opens
  • December 1, 2018: Deadline for nominations to be received by Carnegie Hall
  • December 13, 2018: Application deadline (at 11:59 PM in your respective time zone)
  • January 4, 2019: Recommendation deadline
  • February 14, 2019: Applicants notified of status via email; audition feedback provided shortly thereafter
  • Mid–May 2019: Audition excerpts posted for 2020 program
  • July 2019: Program begins


NYO2 will be accepting applications for the 2019 season on all standard orchestra instruments, including harp and keyboard.

Application Requirements

Audition Videos

All applicants to NYO2 are required to record a series of 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). 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 NYO2. 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:


Citizenship/Residency: NYO2 is open to US citizens or full-time US residents.

Age Limit: You must be between the ages of 14 and 17 during the summer of your participation. For 2019, this means that your birthdate must be between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2005, without exception.

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.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.

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With additional funding provided by Ardian US Foundation, Sarah Arison, and Ernst & Young LLP.

National Endowment for the Arts:

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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