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School of Orchestral Studies

School of Orchestral Studies Application Process

Applications for violin, viola, obo, french horn, and trombone players are currently being accepted for the 2018 School of Orchestral Studies.

If you are interested in attending the School of Orchestral Studies, you must audition successfully to become a member or alternate. You may audition for NYSSSA either by attending one of the live auditions held at different locations around the state or by submitting a recorded video audition. No preference is given to live or recorded auditions. Students on percussion, harp, or piano are strongly encouraged to audition via video recording

All auditions, whether live or recorded, must consist of a completed application form, your solo and the required excerpt for your instrument. Incomplete applications will not be considered.​

APPLICATION FORM: Click here to complete the online application form.

SOLO: You should prepare a piece (or complete movement within a multi-movement piece) for performance to display your technical and musical abilities (NYSSMA Level VI or equivalent recommended). Instrumentalists are expected to perform unaccompanied.

REQUIRED EXCERPT: You must prepare the required excerpt for your instrument. 

Click Here for String Excerpts

Click Here for Wind and Percussion Excerpts

[Percussionists are strongly encouraged to audition via video recording and to audition in multiple areas. Percussionists need only perform the excerpt in their major area.]


Pre-Registration for Live Auditions

Pre-Registration for live auditions is strongly recommended. It is not guaranteed that audition sites will be able to accept walk-in applicants. It is recommended you submit your application as soon as possible for the live auditions. Once locations reach capacity, students will be placed on a wait list to audition live or will be required to submit a recorded video audition.

Click here for a listing of Live Audition Sites. 

Submitting a Recorded Audition

  • By Email:
  • Via Web: After submitting your online application form, you may upload your audition to a video-sharing website (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and email the link to NYSSSA.
  • By Mail: 
    Cultural Education Center
    Room 10D79
    Albany, NY 12230

      Please label all audition correspondence with your first and last name, instrument, and the composer and title (with movement title/number if applicable) of your solo selection.

Audition Dates

August 18, 2018 - 10:00am
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York
August 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, New York

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total cost of tuition, room, and board is $2,250. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.