Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute invites outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 to audition for NYO2’s 2016–2017 season. NYO2 has a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. Audition excerpts will be available here, and applications will be available on September 7. All application materials must be submitted using an online form administered by DecisionDesk, 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 DecisionDesk account. (If you already have one, you can start a new application using your existing account.) Once you have created an account, you will be able to save your progress at any time. We encourage you to allow enough time to upload and review the required application videos to make certain that 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. Nominations must be submitted through a short online form that will be available in early September.
Applicants can apply on standard symphonic instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, and percussion/timpani, and harp.
All NYO2 applicants are required to record a series of videos as 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. Please refer to our Video Guidelines for additional information and suggestions for effectively recording your audition.
NYO2 is open to US citizens or fulltime US residents.
You must be between the ages of 14 and 17 during the summer of your participation. For 2017, this means that 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 you apply, the consent of your parent or guardian is required.
Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.
With additional funding provided by: Ernst & Young LLP