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School of Orchestral Studies

School of Orchestral Studies Application Process

Program dates and application deadlines for 2021 are TBD.

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:
  • 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.