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School of Orchestral Studies

School of Orchestral Studies Application Process

Applications are now closed. Program dates for 2021 are 8/2-8/13.

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 by submitting a recorded video audition. 

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

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. 

Excerpts can be found in the Required Documents section in sidebar.

[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.]

Submitting a Recorded Audition

Recorded Auditions can be submitted two different ways:

  • 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

Watch: How to Record Your Audition

Audition Dates

There are no calendar events right now.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSSSA will not be charging tuition for 2021 virtual programs.