• New York String Orchestra Seminar

  • "It was one of the defining moments for me as a teenager. The passion of people your own age is very important; it puts you in touch with a larger world, beyond schooling and everything else you do."

    —Yo-Yo Ma, cellist, participant in the 1971 New York String Orchestra Seminar

    2022 New York String Orchestra Seminar (NYSOS)

    The New School’s College of Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 54th annual New York String Orchestra Seminar, conducted by Jaime Laredo.

    December 19–28, 2022

    Application period: August 15–October 3

    Deadline for video audition for those invited after initial application: October 20

    Please use the links to the right for details of and requirements for the two-step application and audition process.

    During the seminar, student musicians prepare for two different orchestral programs to be presented by Carnegie Hall on December 24 and December 28 by taking part in intensive orchestral rehearsals with Jaime Laredo and soloists Rubén Rengal, violin, and Jonathan Biss, piano, and attending chamber music workshops with some of the country's most celebrated artists.

    Becoming the Orchestra: The New York String Orchestra at 50

    A documentary film courtesy of The Carnegie Hall Corporation.

    History of the Seminar

    Arts administrator and artist manager Frank Salomon created the seminar in 1969 for Alexander Schneider, one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century. Schneider was deeply committed to young artists and was an inspiration to generations of musicians. He believed that music has to "come from your heart and your soul, or it has no meaning." The New York String Orchestra Seminar was designed to offer professional training to gifted string, wind, brass, and timpani students who have reached a formative point in the development of their musical understanding and professional goals.

    Acclaimed conductor, soloist, and chamber musician Jaime Laredo, Schneider's personal choice as successor, has led the orchestra since 1993. Laredo has introduced some of the country's most gifted young musicians to new musical ideas, offering them chamber music coaching from members of the world's top ensembles and giving them the challenge of performing at a professional level onstage at Carnegie Hall.

    The seminar's more than 2,400 alumni are found in every state of the country. We are proud to include conductors and soloists such as Marin Alsop, Pamela Frank, Karina Canellakis, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Oundjian, Gil Shaham, and Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg; chamber musicians in groups as diverse as Brooklyn Rider, the Silkroad Ensemble, and the Dover, Emerson, Kronos, Orion, and Takacs string quartets; and concertmasters and principals in every major U.S. orchestra, including the concertmasters of the Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia orchestras and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics. We are equally proud of the many alumni who are contributing to the musical lives of young people on the faculties of major conservatories and in the classrooms of public schools, as well as those who have gone onto careers in other fields while continuing to make music a part of their lives.

    Our Supporters

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the support of the Alexander Schneider Foundation, an anonymous foundation grant, and many individual supporters. Our thanks to all. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are interested in sponsoring a student participant, or simply use the red "Give Now" button at the top right of this page.

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    Rohana Elias-Reyes, Director
    New School Concerts
    55 West 13th Street, room 929
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.229.5873
    Fax: 212.229.5306
    Email: [email protected]

  • Upcoming Concerts

    Saturday, December 24, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.

    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
    Rubén Rengel, Violin

    ELGAR Introduction and Allegro
    MOZART Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
    J. S. BACH Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041
    TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings

    Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
    Jonathan Biss, Piano

    PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, "Classical"
    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, "Emperor"
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"

    Tickets can be purchased through the links above or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.274.7800.

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