NYS and Covid-19: Updates and Info

December 18, 2020

We had a very successful fall semester, and thank our incredible students, parents, and conductors for making the best of the current situation. Thank you!


On 12/7 NYS held an online Town Hall to talk about the spring semester. Here are some highlights.

  • Registration for our spring semester is now open! Adult music appreciation classes were a success and will be offered again. This semester we've also added seminars. Seminars are classes that meet one time, focusing on a certain topic. Seminar topics and dates can be found on the Programs page here.

  • City Hall is still not open, so the spring semester will again be held virtually, with live online programming on Sundays.

  • We are hoping that by June we will be able to hold an outdoor, distanced performance at Cranbury Park in Norwalk. 

  • Carnegie Hall was rescheduled for 2022. 

  • We continue to monitor travel guidelines for the Italy trip with our tour company, Encore Tours.

June 29, 2020

The music continues at NYS for the 2020-2021 season!


What will the 2020-2021 season look like? How will it work? Please join Executive Director Sara Watkins for a virtual Open House on July 15th at 7pm to discuss how we're adapting our programming for the fall semester. Principal Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Jonathan Yates will be there, as will NYS Board President Alex Gittines, among others. Here are some things to know...

  • Because of Covid-19, NYS will have a fall semester and a spring semester

  • The fall semester is being held virtually, with live online programming on Sundays

  • When you register for an audition, you will select which program(s) you're interested in

  • Three program choices are 1. Large Ensemble/Orchestra, 2. Small Ensemble, and 3. Music Theory and Aural Skills class. You may choose multiple programs. You can be in a large ensemble AND a small ensemble. You can be in a small ensemble AND take the Music Theory class. Etc. Info on programs here

  • Students will record their audition and will submit their video recordings online by August 24th 

  • Audition requirements, excerpts, and submission guidelines can be found here 

The virtual Open House on July 15th is an online event. 

UPDATE: The online Open House was recorded and can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.

June 10, 2020

In normal times, our 2020 season closer was shaping up to be pretty exciting. The concert would have been on May 9th and it would have been preceded by workshops and master classes with the visionary artist and educator, Midori. While it was very disappointing that our season didn't end as we planned, our conductors and students were busy. Here are some videos that were created from the Pricipal Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Phil Strings, and Prelude group. Enjoy.

Europe Trip to Italy - Updated 3/2/21

The trip to Italy initially planned for June 2020 is rescheduled for 2022 due to Covid-19. The new trip dates are from June 25th-July 3, 2022. More details on the tour here.

Carnegie Hall - Updated 12/18/20

NYS is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2022. This event is for members of Principal Orchestra. We will post more information here as it becomes available. 

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