• 2022 New York String Orchestra Seminar Application Information

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 19, and end at 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28.

    There is no participation fee for those accepted to the program. Every accepted student receives free tuition, housing, meals, and local transportation (total value more than $3,750). Participants pay their travel costs to and from New York City.

    All participants are expected to clear their schedules and be available from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day within that time period with the exception of Saturday, December 25.

    Carnegie Hall will present participants as the New York String Orchestra on December 24 at 7:00 p.m. and on December 28 at 8:00 p.m.

     December 24 at 7:00 p.m.—Conductor Jaime LaredoDecember 28 at 8:00 p.m.—Conductor Jaime Laredo
     ELGAR Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47 PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, "Classical"
     MOZART Divertimento in D Major, K. 136 BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, "Emperor"—Soloist Jonathan Biss
     J. S. BACH Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041—Soloist Rubén Rengel FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"
     TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings 

    Applicant Qualifications and Requirements

    1. We are aware that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted many students' educational trajectory. This year, all applicants must be 16 years old or older by December 19, but rather than having an upper age limit, we will focus on where applicants are in their educational path. Those enrolled in high school, college, or a graduate educational program are encouraged to apply. Those who have been out of school for more than a year and are pursuing professional work are not eligible.
    2. Applicants must submit proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of application.
    3. Applicants must be advanced, technically proficient musicians with experience playing in an ensemble or orchestra.
    4. Applicants may have previously participated New York String Orchestra Seminar no more than once (with the exception of those for whom the remote 2020 seminar was their second time participating).
    5. Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or attending a U.S. institution on a current valid student visa.
    6. All those accepted must provide proof of health insurance.
    7. All those accepted must stay in the housing provided by the New York String Orchestra Seminar December 19-28, 2022. (The housing cost is covered by the seminar.)
    8. If accepted, you must commit to being present from 9:00 a.m. December 19 to 11:00 p.m. December 28. There are no exceptions. This may mean arranging to take finals early for some. If your school semester extends beyond December 18, we will ask for verification that you have received permission to be excused from all activities from December 19 on.

    The SlideRoom application will be available here from August 8 to October 3, 2022.

    Application and Deadline Information

    The application will open on Monday, August 8, 2022.

    Application to the 2022 New York String Orchestra Seminar is a two-step process:

    1. By the October 3, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET, deadline, submit:
      1. Application
      2. Proof of coronavirus vaccination
      3. Recorded audio audition (mp3 files only)—see repertoire below
      4. $25 application fee (Please contact us at [email protected] to inquire if you are eligible for a fee waiver due to financial hardship.)

    2. A selected group of applicants will be invited to submit a recorded video audition (mp4 files only), due October 20, 2022, 11:50 p.m. ET. Repertoire for this audition will be different from that for the initial audition.

    You must pass both the audio and the video auditions to be considered for participation.

    Previous NYSOS participants and designated alternates are exempted from the requirement to submit the initial mp3 audition with their applications. If you are unsure whether you were a designated alternate, email the office at [email protected] to confirm your status. 

    All applicants will be informed of results by email. We will not be able to provide feedback on your audition.

    We strongly encourage early application submission so that you have the greatest amount of time possible between your mp3 submission and the notification that you are invited to submit a video audition.

    Step 1—Audio Recording Audition Requirements

    1. The application recording(s) must be between 10 and 15 minutes long.
    2. Audition recordings must be in mp3 format (we will not accept videos or other audio formats).
    3. Play the excerpts in the order listed; upload them in a single file. (You may record the excerpts as separate takes and edit them into a single file)
    4. Your recordings must be unaccompanied. We cannot accept recordings with piano.

    Required Audition Repertoire for Round One Audio (mp3) Audition





    • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, first movement, mm. 41 – downbeat of 90
    • Mozart: Symphony 39, first movement, m. 40 - Letter C
    • J.S. Bach: One movement of your choice from any suite for solo cello 
    • Exposition of the first movement of a contrasting work of your choice

    Flute (Flute I)

    • J.S. Bach: Work of your choice*
    • Contrasting solo work of your choice*
    • Mendelssohn: "Midsummer Night's Dream," scherzo (solo at the end)

    Oboe (Oboe I)

    • J.S. Bach: Work of your choice*
    • Contrasting solo work of your choice*
    • Brahms: Violin Concerto, second movement solo
    • Rossini: La Scala di Seta Overture
      • Andantino solo (m. 5 - No. 1)
      • Allegro solo (pickup to No. 2 - No. 3)
    • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical," movement 4 (m. 25 - m. 71)

    Clarinet (Clarinet I)

    • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
      • Movement 1, exposition
      • Movement 2, opening- m. 54
    • Contrasting solo work of your choice*
    • Mendelssohn: "Midsummer Night's Dream," scherzo (first page)
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (first movement solo)

    Bassoon (Bassoon I)

    • Mozart: "The Marriage of Figaro," overture (m. 139 - m. 171)
    • Movement from a concerto or sonata of your choice
    • Contrasting movement from a concert, sonata, or work for bassoon alone (étude) of your choice

    Horn (as noted below)

    • Mozart: choose Horn Concerto No. 2 or Horn Concert No. 4
      • Movement 1, exposition
      • Movement 2, exposition
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 3, movement 3, Poco Allegretto, (m. 98 - m. 110) (F - 12 after F in some editions)
    • Strauss: "Till Eulenspiegel," opening calls
    • Strauss: "Ein Heldenleben," opening
    • Wagner: "Siegfried," short call
    • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, low tutti
    • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, "Scottish," second movement (Horn III)
      • Vivace non troppo (16 bars after A - 1st bar of B; 12 before F - 3 before G)
      • Adagio (6th bar of D - 4th bar before E)

    Trumpet (Trumpet I)

    • Solo work of your choice
    • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto, movement 1 (exposition and development)
    • Mussorgsky/Ravel: "Pictures at an Exhibition," opening
    • Stravinsky: "Petrouchka," ballerina solo
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 5, opening
    • Respighi: "Pines of Rome," off-stage solo


    • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor," third movement (opening tutti 8 bars)
    • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, fourth movement (last 46 bars)
    • Sibelius: "Finlandia" (2 bars before Allegro - Letter H, no repeat)
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, (Letter C movement 3 - opening 22 bars of movement 4)

    *A movement or excerpt is acceptable if necessary due to time constraints.

    Step 2—Invited Video Audition Requirements & Repertoire Can Be Found Here

    The deadline for video submission is October 20, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

    Those who pass the initial mp3 audition will be sent an invitation by email with instructions for labeling and uploading a video audition.

    Those who do not pass the initial mp3 audition will be informed by email.

    All those invited to submit a video will be notified by email of the audition results by November 19, 2022.

    We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the entirety of each work, so that you understand the excerpts in context. Preparation and execution of the orchestral excerpts are often the deciding factor in an applicant's acceptance to the program. While specific excerpts are not yet available, the repertoire the orchestra will be performing at Carnegie Hall is noted at the top of this page.

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