New York String Orchestra Seminar

  • Mannes College of Music announces the 49th 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 Tuesday, December 19, through Thursday, December 28, 2017, 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.

    All selected participants will receive full scholarships, valued at more than $3,750 per student, that cover all program costs including instruction, housing, meals, and local transportation. Students must pay their own way to and from New York City.

    The 2017 Application Period — August 17-October 3, 2017

    You can access an application for the 2017 Seminar by clicking the blue "apply" button to the right beginning mid-August 2017. However, we recommend you read all of the audition and application information available via 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, 2017, deadline.

    2) Upon passing the recorded audition, you will be given a live audition. The live audition has different repertoire requirements from the recorded audition. Live audition requirements are available here.

    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 violinist Pamela Frank and pianist Richard Goode 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. Tuesday, December 19, through 11:00 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017. 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, Theodore Harris, Elisabeth Lorin, Frank Salomon, Linda Strommen, Jani Tree, and Helen Wright.

    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.