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The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), is pleased to offer advanced instrumentalists (7-12th grade) an opportunity to participate in its 2022 Side-by-Side Ensemble. Student musicians will receive one-on-one training with NWS Fellows and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT). Student musicians accepted into the Ensemble will participate in sectionals, rehearsals and a concert with NWS Fellows on Saturday, April 23. Students will also have the opportunity to audition for the 2022 Concerto Competition (optional). The winner of the Concerto Competition will perform during the Side-by-Side Concert on Saturday, April 23. The runner-up will perform during the Town Hall Master Class on Friday, April 22 with MTT. 


Advanced string, woodwind, brass, piano and percussion students (Grades 7-12)


Application Opens: January 5, 2022
Application Deadline: February 27, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

How to Apply:
1. Select the applicable Program from the drop down menu.
2. Complete the application and upload all necessary media by February 27. 

Application Guidelines:
Please complete the application and upload the following materials:

Audition Excerpts (Required):

All students will be asked to prepare three specific excerpts. Please review the audition requirements carefully by instrument. Audition repertoire requirements as well as music for each excerpt are available below.

New World Symphony Fellows recorded helpful practice videos for each excerpt that are available here

Concerto Competition (Optional)
If you would like to be considered for the Concerto Competition, please submit the following:
  • One movement of a concerto (*must be with piano accompaniment)
  • Finalists will be invited to compete in the Concerto Competition Live Auditions at the New World Center in early March 2022.
*If you do not see your instrument listed in the drop-down menu and would like to apply to the Concerto Competition, please select the following program option: "Concerto Competition Application." 

Letter of Recommendation
You will be asked to provide your reference's name and email address. This reference will receive an email from Acceptd to upload their letter of recommendation upon submission of your application.

Please provide a resume that includes your musical accomplishments. If you would like a sample template, please write to the email address below.

*Due to COVID-19, this year all ensemble auditions will take place via recording. There will not be a live audition at the New World Center for Side-by-Side Ensemble placement. Results will go out to all applicants in early March.
No late applications will be considered.

Important Dates:

Application Opens: January 5 

Application Deadline: February 27 

Side-by-Side Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, April 23, 2022, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Side-by-Side Concert: Saturday, April 23, 2022, 8:00 PM

Side-by-Side mentorship activities and sectionals: Tuesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 7, 6:00-8:00 PM 

Ensemble Rehearsals with MTT: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 and Thursday, April 21, 2022, 4:30-7:00 PM 

If you have any questions, please contact Elyse Marrero at elyse.marrero@nws.edu

For technical questions, please check out our Acceptd Applicant Support Help Desk.