Youth Symphony Auditions | Norwalk CT

New England Youth Auditions – Youth Symphony – Norwalk

The Norwalk Youth Symphony will be holding auditions for its 55th season beginning August 28 through September 7, 2010. All musicians from 4th through 12th grades are invited to apply. Advanced 3rd graders are encouraged to apply as well. Auditions are by appointment only.

NYS enjoys the reputation of being one of the premier youth symphonies in the United States. NYS is comprised of approximately 200 students from 25 towns throughout Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield and Westchester counties. The core program consists of five ensembles:

•Prelude Orchestra: An entry-level string orchestra that performs student works in order to develop skills in string technique, music theory, and ensemble performance.

•Philharmonia Strings: A mid-level string orchestra that provides a transition from Prelude Orchestra to the more difficult repertoire that is performed by the Concert Orchestra. This ensemble performs periodically with Philharmonia Orchestral Winds.

•Philharmonia Orchestral Winds: Young woodwind and brass players receive the special attention needed to develop their technique, sound, musicality, and orchestral ensemble playing. This ensemble performs orchestral arrangements and periodically performs with the Philharmonia Strings.

•Concert Orchestra: This full symphony orchestra provides experience in rehearsing and performing a wide range of shorter works from the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.

•Principal Orchestra: Our most advanced symphonic orchestra performs demanding orchestral classical, romantic, and 20th century repertoire such as full length symphonies, symphonic poems, overtures, and concertos.

The Norwalk Youth Symphony is always interested in talented musicians who play stringed, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Scholarship assistance is available. For applications and information on additional programs, please visit the NYS website at: You may also email NYS Executive Director Sara Watkins at or phone the NYS office 203-866-4100