Here you can find information about the music requirements for those auditioning for NYO 2023. Applications for NYO 2023 have now closed. We will open applications for NYO 2024 in Spring 2023 and the requirements will likely be very similar.
For your video audition and for the solo audition part of your final round assessment you will need to prepare some solo playing and orchestral excerpts. We have a downloadable document with all of this information here, or you can read below.
Solo pieces are your own choice of repertoire. These are an opportunity for you to show the panel what you are capable of as a musician and should showcase your technique and your musicianship. For those who are asked to perform two pieces it is often advisable to choose pieces that contrast with each other so that the panel can get a full picture of who you are as a musician.
If you would like to perform a whole movement or piece for your video audition, the panellists will stop it at five minutes. At final round, please prepare c.six minutes of playing in total.
You do not need to play with piano accompaniment for your video audition, but if you’d like to, you are welcome to. If you are invited to the final round assessment day you will not play with an accompanist. You can play the same pieces you submitted at first round, or choose something different. Please bring a copy of your pieces for the panel.
Orchestral excerpts are an important part of your auditions, so we recommend that you prepare them very well, do some research on the pieces and listen to some recordings too. Excerpts are chosen so that you can demonstrate your understanding of orchestral musicianship in demanding repertoire and in a musical context.
They also enable the panel to establish how players of differing standards address the technical and musical challenges in the same repertoire. Please pay very careful and thorough attention to all musical details in the excerpts (including tempo, dynamic markings etc).
Please find each instrument’s orchestral excerpts below. You will need a password: you can find this on the last page of your application when you apply on the Musicians’ Area.
We suggest that you listen to multiple performances of the excerpts and take them to your teachers, just as you would your pieces.
You should research and understand the orchestral context of the excerpts – you could even listen to other pieces from the same composer to widen your knowledge of their work and their style.
NYO musicians have put together a video showcasing their tips for when recording an audition video.
Strings & wind
Two solo pieces of your own choice: we suggest that you play two contrasting works by different composer.
1 solo piece of your own choice
The deadline for submitting your video is 20.30 on Sunday 12 June 2022.
The video submission link for your instrument is included in the orchestral excerpts, which you can download above.
As part of the day you will perform your solo audition to a panel of NYO tutors and NYO staff, as well as having an informal conversation. Auditions last 15-20 minutes.
For the audition you should prepare:
Strings & wind
Two solo pieces of your own choice: we suggest that you play two contrasting works by different composers. These must not be accompanied.
Orchestra excerpts: these can be downloaded from the links above. The password is available within your Musicians’ Area when you make an application, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We expect double basses to play with orchestral tuning. If you would like to play your pieces with solo tuning, you will need to bring a second bass with you.
One solo piece of your own choice
Orchestra excerpts: these can be found on the links above. The password is available within your Musicians’ Area when you make an application, or you can email us at email@example.com.
Timpani study & snare drum excerpts can be found on the links above. The password is available within your Musicians’ Area when you make an application, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: There will be a set of four timpani, a snare drum, a 3.5 octave xylophone, a 5 octave marimba and a 3 octave vibraphone (without motor) provided in the audition room. We will also provide one timpani, a 3.5. octave xylophone and/or a 4.3 octave marimba and a snare drum in the warm up room for you to practice on before your audition.
Holding auditions is also the perfect moment for us to get to know you better in person, so we ask you for a quick chat after hearing you play. We want to find out a bit about what you think you’ll bring to NYO and what you hope to gain from being in the orchestra. You might also want to think about what we may expect of you as musicians and role models. It is a good opportunity for you to ask us any questions you have about NYO, too.
Creative and music-making activities
During the rest of the assessment day you will meet your peers, take part in learning and creative activities, engage in musical discussions, and rehearse and perform as an ensemble. These activities will be led by NYO tutors and include musicians from other instruments.