Recent Updates: Visit our COVID-19 Community Guide for information about in-person teaching and learning this fall. 

  • Due to ongoing health and safety concerns around coronavirus, this year’s seminar will be slightly different from past programs.

    • The seminar will be shorter than usual, taking place December 19–24, 2021.
    • Carnegie Hall is presenting the participants in one concert on December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
    • We are unable to include wind, brass, and timpani players this year. (Because of this regrettable situation, Maestro Laredo will keep the expanded age limits for next year’s applicants.)
    • All applicants will need to submit proof of full vaccination status.
    • Those who pass the initial mp3 audition will be invited to submit a video audition, rather than attend a live audition.

    Invited Video Auditions

    Invitations to submit a video audition will be sent by email with instructions for labeling and uploading.

    The deadline for video submission is November 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

    All applicants will be notified by email of the audition result by November 19, 2021.

    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 is often the deciding factor in an applicant's acceptance to the program.

    Dates and Locations

    Video auditions should be approximately eight to ten minutes long and unaccompanied.

    Keep in mind that this is an orchestral program. The deciding factor between two players of equal merit is the level of preparation and execution of the repertoire excerpts, which should be as meticulous as the preparation of the applicant's chosen solo works.

    We strongly recommend that you become familiar with the complete instrumental part for each work from which excerpts have been assigned. In some cases, the music is in the public domain, but if not, it is worth a visit to the library or the expense of purchasing a part in order to be well prepared.

    Your private teacher is a valuable resource. Be sure to ask for their assistance as you prepare.

    Thanks to Luck's Music Library, we are able to provide PDFs of the listed excerpts.

    PLEASE NOTE: We do not require you to use the Luck's edition for your audition; you may use whichever edition is available to you. However, measure numbers, rehearsal letters, etc., do vary between editions, so please compare your edition with the Luck's download provided to confirm you have an accurate selection for your excerpt.

    Please also note that if you simply prepare the excerpt download and do not familiarize yourself further with the piece (looking at a score, acquiring a complete part, or even listening to a recording to familiarize yourself with the work, so that you can play your excerpts with that knowledge of context), your audition may not be competitive.

    Often, the critical factor in deciding which of two players of equal merit should be invited is the level of preparation and execution of the orchestral excerpts.

    2021 NYSOS Video Audition Repertoire 

    VIOLIN
    First movement/exposition of a Mozart concerto
    Exposition of the first movement of a contrasting concerto of choice
    Mozart: Divertimento No. 1, K. 136 (PDF)

    Movement 1

    • Beginning to double bar

    Movement 2

    • Beginning to double bar

    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings (PDF)

    Movement 1

    • Letter D (m. 91) - Letter H (m. 156)
    • Letter K (m.  210) - m. 275

    Movement 2

    • Beginning - m. 147
    • m. 194 - end

    Movement 3

    • m. 78 - m. 107

    VIOLA

    One movement of your choice from any suite for solo viola by J. S. Bach
    Exposition of the first movement of a contrasting concerto of your choice
    Mozart: Divertimento No. 1, K. 136 (PDF)

    Movement 1

    • - m. 78 - 93

    Movement 3

    • m. 65 - 90

    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings (PDF)

    Movement 1

    • m. 91 - m. 118
    • m. 218 - m. 237

    Movement 2

    • m. 114 - m. 134

    Movement 3

    • m. 31 - Letter A (m. 43)
    • pick-up to m. 66 - m. 78

    CELLO

    One movement of your choice from any suite for solo cello by J. S. Bach
    Exposition of the first movement of a contrasting concerto of your choice
    Mozart: Divertimento K. 136 excerpts (PDF)

    Movement 1: Allegro

    • m. 37 - m. 77

    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings (PDF)

    Movement 1

    • Letter B (m. 53) - bar 70
    • Letter G (m. 138) - m. 148
    • m. 172 - 189
    • Letter N (m. 257) - m. 265

    Movement 2

    • m. 166 - m. 189

    Movement 3

    • m. 31 - m. 62

    BASS

    One movement of your choice from any solo J. S. Bach
    Exposition of the first movement of a contrasting solo of your choice
    Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4
       Movement 1: m. 41 - m. 90
    Mozart: Symphony No. 39
       Movement 1: m. 40 - m. 98

      If you have any questions, please contact us at nsc@newschool.edu.

      We look forward to hearing you play.

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      New York, NY 10011
      Phone: 212.229.5873
      Fax: 212.229.5306
      Email: nsc@newschool.edu

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