2024-25 Youth Orchestra Program Placement Auditions

Hoff-Barthelson Music School invites you to audition for our prestigious Youth Orchestra Program for students in grades 2-12. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or just starting your musical journey, there’s a place for everyone in our orchestral family!

In addition to strings, auditions are open to wind, brass, and percussion instrument players as well. We believe that diversity enriches our orchestral family, and we warmly welcome wind, brass, and percussion students to participate in the auditions. We are excited to explore possibilities and find the perfect fit for them within our orchestras (Symphonette, Chamber Orchestra, or Festival Orchestra) or other potential ensembles that include winds, brass, and percussion.

Placement auditions will take place on the following dates:

Sunday, May 5: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, May 9: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 10: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2024.
For audition requirements and to register, click here. 

View flyer here.

Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Festival Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra for high school students at the highest level of technical ability and musical artistry. Under the direction of Jun Nakabayashi, the Festival Orchestra performs three concerts annually; two are with guest artists of international stature. The orchestra meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 – 9:30 pm. Members participate in sectional coachings with musicians from the New York Philharmonic each spring.

The Festival Orchestra is open to all high school students, whether studying at HBMS or elsewhere. Students not yet in high school but who demonstrate exceptional ability and maturity may also audition.

Man in black shirt conducting an orchestra

2023-24 Concerts and Repertoire

Winter Concert — December 9, 2023 — “Homage”

  • Wagner — Siegfried Idyll (Celebrating the birth of his son, Siegfried)
  • Vaughan Williams — The Lark Ascending (Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the composer’s birth)
  • Mendelssohn — Symphony No.1 (Dedicated to his sister on her 19th birthday)

Spanning the Centuries Music Festival — March 16, 2024

  • Mozart — Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor
  • Mozart — Overture to Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Spring Concert — June 1, 2024 — “From Budapest to Prague”
Performing Arts Center, Purchase College

  • Kodály — Galanta Dances
  • Martinu — Concerto for Oboe
  • Mozart — Symphony No. 38 “Prague”

Tuition, Merit Scholarships, and Financial Aid
Annual tuition is $1,100 and prorated for mid-year enrollments. Merit scholarships are available to students who play bass, oboe, bassoon, horn, or trumpet and demonstrate the highest level of technical ability and musical artistry during their audition.

Additionally, Hoff-Barthelson Music School welcomes need-based financial aid applications.
Learn more about financial aid here.