NYO recruits teenage saxophonists to develop their orchestral playing with us. 

This is an exciting opportunity for saxophonists between the ages of 13-19 to develop their playing in an orchestral setting. We provide world class tutoring and playing in large scale orchestral repertoire in major concert halls across the UK.
Applications to join NYO 2020 have now closed. If you have a question relating to your application or the audition process, please email auditions@nyo.org.uk
The repertoire for NYO 2021 will be announced later in 2020, so we recommend checking this page to find out whether we will be recruiting saxophonists. In the meantime, you can get in touch with auditions@nyo.org.uk to find out more, or sign up to our newsletter to keep in touch.



The Audition

The audition panel will consist of a specialist NYO tutor and a member of the NYO management team. Sometimes additional NYO staff will join the panel. You will be introduced to everyone on the panel when you go into your audition. They are friendly, welcoming and approachable and want you to have a positive experience with us.


Your audition will consist of four elements:


1. Performance of your chosen piece

In the first part of your NYO audition you will play an accompanied piece of your own choice for the panel. You will be asked to play for around three minutes in total. You can choose an excerpt from a longer piece, but please bear the time limit in mind, otherwise you may be asked to stop before the end of your performance. Always choose a work you know well and enjoy playing, as this will help you perform at your best. Please bring a copy of your piece for the panel.


Have a look at our website here for tips on how to choose and prepare your pieces.


2. Musical excerpts

The excerpts are a central and vital part of your audition. We recommend you prepare very well indeed and look at them well in advance of your audition. Excerpts are chosen so that you can demonstrate your understanding of orchestral musicianship in demanding repertoire and in a musical context. They enable the audition 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 of the musical details of the excerpts (including tempo and markings). Excerpts are available here.


3. Short interview

NYO auditions are 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. We might ask you about some things which you have written about in your application form. You might want to think about what we may expect of you as musicians and role models at NYO. It is a good opportunity for you to ask us any questions you have about us, too. We may also take this moment to talk about progress in your playing and give you any advice after hearing you play.


4. Workshop

Led by an NYO tutor, this workshop is a chance to work with other musicians, which is what NYO is all about. We may look at general ensemble skills, simple sight reading, technique, or focus on the orchestral excerpts. It allows us to see how you work in an ensemble context and enables you to draw insight from our experts that you can apply immediately to your own music-making.


After your individual audition you’ll need to wait until your workshop time. This might be up to an hour and a half depending on how big your group is as we need to wait for the other musicians in your group to finish their audition.


You can find more general information about the audition process here.


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