​Audition information for the 2020-2021 Season



The Norwalk Youth Symphony, founded in 1956, provides outstanding music education and performance opportunities to young musicians in 4th - 12th grade. Membership and placement are by audition only. Both new and returning members audition in the fall for the upcoming concert season. Auditions are judged by the conductors, to ensure correct placement according to individual ability.

*Due to Covid-19, auditions will be submitted online through a service called Acceptd. 

Auditions for new students for the Second Semester are now open. Click the links below for information and application process. 


Click the links below for information on the 2020-2021 season auditions.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS for 2020-2021

NYS virtual programs are an online teaching and learning environment where teachers and students can engage and interact with one another, and work in groups together. NYS virtual programs take place in a live, synchronous setting. All virtual programs are open to young musicians in 4th - 12th grade.


In NYS’ large ensemble work, all of our conductors reinvent what orchestral training looks like in a virtual scenario. The orchestras will continue to work on fulfilling and exciting repertoire for their students, but the teaching will happen primarily in sectionals over ZOOM, where students will have the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with the conductors. The sectionals will last between 30-45 minutes, giving students the opportunity to enroll in our other new offerings, as well. Focus will continue on the fundamentals of good orchestral playing: bow strokes, articulation, expression, total commitment to the music. Students will also regularly submit videos and recordings of themselves playing their orchestra music to which the conductors will respond with written comments. The social element of the orchestra will continue to be important, as well; periodic social and game evenings will be arranged. The work will culminate both with video projects and live performances, when it is safe to do so. For more information on our five tiered ensembles click here.


NYS is delighted to offer online chamber music coaching for the fall of 2020. Small ensemble work—in trios, quartets, and quintets—is one of the most rewarding musical activities students can undertake. Chamber musicians learn to be solid and independent on their part, sensitive to how their part fits in with the other musicians around them and how to work together to form a cohesive whole.  In our virtual programming each chamber group will get a weekly coaching session from a member of our conducting staff.  They will also work together to learn their parts, learn what each other are playing, make musical decisions together and create a final performance.  Students will send recordings and videos to each other to play along with and add to. Much of the creative process will be put in the student’s hands (tailored to age), with careful guidance and coaching from the conductors. This is a unique opportunity for NYS students to work on some of the finest music ever written, in close collaboration with the NYS staff. All orchestral instrumentalist and pianist are welcome to apply for a Small Ensemble.


Music theory is the study of how music works. It involves topics in harmony, melody, rhythm, and form. Aural skills, music theory’s natural complement, trains students’ ears through sight singing, pitch and interval identification, and dictation. NYS’ combined Music theory and Aural Skills classes aim to help students learn their solo and orchestra music with a greater depth, appreciation and speed as our students’ ears and brains are exercised, and their musicianship is enhanced. NYS’ classes will be capped at 10 students per class, ensuring meaningful personal attention with our staff, and the level and the speed of the course will be tailored specifically to the students who enroll. We will also be using cutting-edge online teaching portals and activities geared to the student’s ages to make the courses both extremely interactive and engaging.


Have you wanted to be able to engage your children more about the music they’re playing, have a deeper appreciation when you go to concerts, or even just want to have an excuse to have a glass of wine while listening to some great music? Enjoy conversations with Jonathan Yates and Russell Ger on music history, the orchestra, and what it means to be a conductor. Jonathan and Russell both have lengthy musical resumes and copious speaking experience on music, but this is not only a chance to learn more about music and about them, but also to get to know other members of the NYS parent community and have some needed downtime during a weekday evening. Join for the music, stay for the virtual cocktails!  Enrollment is open. Register here.



There is a $30 non-refundable registration fee, which is paid when you register online with Acceptd. Returning NYS musicians will receive a $30 credit on their Fall Tuition Invoice. Tuition and other fees totals for the 2020/21  season have been adjusted for the Fall, September through December, virtual programs.

NYS offers financial aid and merit scholarships to those that qualify. Detailed information on our tuition, fees, financial aid, and merit scholarships can be viewed here


NYS members are expected to participate and remain in good standing in their school’s instrumental programs, where they exist. Conflicts that prevent participation should be brought to the attention of the Executive Director. Good standing is determined by the school program. Members are also required to have private music lessons on their orchestral instrument. Additional NYS policies and procedures can be viewed here

Administrative Office

71 East Avenue, Suite N | Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone 203-866-4100  |  Fax 203-866-0012

Rehearsals and Performances

Norwalk Concert Hall at City Hall | 125 East Avenue | Norwalk, CT 06851

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