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School of Orchestral Studies

School of Orchestral Studies Application Process

Applications for the 2019 season are now being accepted. Recorded auditions must be submitted or postmarked by January 31, 2020. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, it is to your advantage to submit your application materials by January 31, 2020. 

School of Orchestral Studies Online Application 

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.​

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: nysssa@nysed.gov
  • 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

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.

Audition Dates

  • January 24, 4:30PM
    • Hofstra University, Hempstead
  • January 25, 9AM
    • Buffalo Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo
  • February 1, 9AM
    • Onondaga Community College, Syracuse
  • February 8, 9AM
    • Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
    • New York University, NYC

Audition Dates

July 26, 2020 - 2:00pm
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York
August 22, 2020 - 2:00pm
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total cost of tuition, room, and board is $2,500. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.