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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.


  • December 1, 2017: Deadline for nominations to be received by Carnegie Hall
  • December 15, 2017: Application deadline (at 11:59 PM in your respective time zone)
  • January 1, 2018: Recommendation deadline
  • February 17, 2018: Applicants notified of status via email; audition feedback provided shortly thereafter
  • Late June / Early July 2018: Program begins

Applications for NYO2 2018 are now closed. Please check back for additional information on applying for NYO2 2019. Applications for that season will open in September 2018.

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Applicants can apply on standard symphonic instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, and percussion/timpani. Based on repertoire, there may be positions available for other instruments, including piano/orchestral 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 2018, this means that your birthdate must be between July 1, 2000, and June 30, 2004, without exception.

Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; 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.

Ernst Young - Building a better working world

With additional funding provided by: Ernst & Young LLP

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