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Thank you for your interest in the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy (NWS).

NWS uses Acceptd to help with our application process. We hope that you will find this a user-friendly way to apply.  Please take advantage of their expertise if you have any questions or issues while applying.

You can find NWS audition repertoire requirements on our website. If you have auditioned previously, you will notice that there have been some changes to the list so make a note of these changes as you prepare.  Keep in mind that if you are submitting a pre-screening video, you do not need to choose your selections from our live audition list.

This year, live auditions will be held in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Miami.  You may select your preference once you are inside the application process.  Also, in addition to our standard application fee, this year we are charging a small application fee for the musicians who are currently on our substitute list (formerly calles "finalists" and "semi-finalists". We apologize for the inconvenience.  

As a Fellow, you will be performing with an exceptional orchestra, and work with an international roster of conductors and soloists, including ten weeks each season with Michael Tilson Thomas. Also, over 100 of the world’s best orchestral musicians and experts in the field visit each year as faculty. Before applying, please watch this video by our Trumpet Fellow, Mark Grisez, where you’ll learn more about NWS, what it has to offer and the full scope of the fellowship program.

We look forward to reviewing your application!

For questions about the programs or requirements please contact admissions@nws.edu.

For technical questions please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.