• New York String Orchestra Seminar

  • "It was one of the defining moments for me as a teenager. The passion of people your own age is very important; it puts you in touch with a larger world, beyond schooling and everything else you do."

    — Yo-Yo Ma, cellist, participant in the 1971 New York String Orchestra Seminar

    The Mannes School of Music announces the 51st New York String Orchestra Seminar. The program will bring 45 string players and 18 wind and brass players ages 16–23 to New York City from Wednesday, December 19, through Friday, December 28, 2019, with performances presented by Carnegie Hall the evenings of December 24 at 7:00 p.m. and December 28 at 8:00 p.m. 

    There is a $25 fee to apply to the program.

    There is no participation fee for those accepted to the program. Every accepted student receives free tuition, housing, meals, and local transportation (total value more than $3,750). Participants pay only their travel costs to and from New York City.

    2019 Application Period:
    August 1-October 3, 2019

    You can access an application for the 2019 seminar beginning August 1, 2019, by clicking the red Apply button to the right. However, we recommend you read all of the audition and application information available through the menu list on the left before you begin your application. 

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar application and audition is a two-step process.

    1) Submit your application, recorded audition (application and recorded audition repertoire information available here), and $25 application fee by the October 3, 2019, deadline.

    NOTE: Applications are reviewed, and students are given results, on a rolling basis. We recommend applying before the deadline to avoid being placed on a waiting list for the required live auditions.

    2) If you pass the recorded audition, you will be invited to a live audition, which you are expected to attend. With the exception of timpanists, only those who have a live audition can be considered for the program. Repertoire excerpt requirements for the live audition differ from those for the recorded audition. 

    During the seminar, young musicians prepare for concerts to be presented by Carnegie Hall, taking part in intensive orchestral rehearsals with Jaime Laredo and renowned soloists including violinists Nancy Zhou and Shannon Lee and pianist Peter Serkin and attending chamber music workshops with some of the country's most celebrated artists. Seminar participants are introduced to a musical philosophy that emphasizes self-expression beyond technical mastery.

    All accepted students must commit to being present from 9:00 a.m. Thursday, December 19, through 11:00 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019. No exceptions can be made.

    All participants are required to stay in the housing provided by the New York String Orchestra Seminar: four-person suites at the Wellington Hotel, located one block from Carnegie Hall.

    History of the Seminar

    Arts administrator and artist manager Frank Salomon created the seminar in 1969 for Alexander Schneider, one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century. Schneider was deeply committed to young artists and was an inspiration to generations of musicians. He believed that music has to "come from your heart and your soul, or it has no meaning." The New York String Orchestra Seminar was designed to offer professional training to gifted string, wind, brass, and timpani students who have reached a formative point in the development of their musical understanding and professional goals.

    In 1993, acclaimed conductor, soloist, and chamber musician Jaime Laredo, who was Schneider's personal choice for successor, became artistic director and conductor of the seminar. Laredo has introduced some of the country's most gifted young musicians to new musical ideas, offering them chamber music coaching from members of the world's top ensembles and giving them the challenge of performing at a professional level onstage at Carnegie Hall.

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar Advisory Committee members are Mark Epstein, Fiona Fein, Bart Feller, Elisabeth Lorin, Frank Salomon, Linda Strommen, and Jani Tree.

    Our Supporters

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the support of the Alexander Schneider Foundation, a grant from the Colburn Foundation, and support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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    Rohana Elias-Reyes, Director
    New School Concerts
    55 West 13th Street, room 929
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 212.229.5873
    Fax: 212.229.5306
    Email: nsc@newschool.edu

  • Upcoming Concerts

    Monday, December 24, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

    Friday, December 28, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

    Tickets are available for purchase through the links above or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212.274.7800.

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