National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America – Assistant Conductor

  • Assistant Conductor

    For the summer of 2017, two assistant conductors will be engaged for the overlapping activities of NYO-USA and NYO2. The assistant conductor positions combine musical preparation duties and artistic support of orchestra activities; opportunities to work alongside a world-class faculty and guest artists, and a role in teaching/mentoring apprentice conductors. While each orchestra (NYO-USA and NYO2) will have a primary assistant conductor, it is expected that both conductors will be prepared to lead sectional rehearsals for either program. NYO-USA’s assistant conductor will have the opportunity to support the work of James Ross, NYO-USA’s orchestra director, and the instrumental faculty during the orchestra’s residency at Purchase College, SUNY, and to assist conductor Marin Alsop as necessary during rehearsals and on tour. NYO2’s assistant conductor will work with Giancarlo Guerrero and may have the opportunity to lead community engagement activities with NYO2 musicians in New York and/or Philadelphia.

    The assistant conductors are expected to be present at all full orchestral rehearsals; to conduct selected sectional rehearsals to facilitate the work of instrumental coaches; and to lead portions of full rehearsals if requested by the orchestra director or conductor. As needed, they may be asked to work with individual players or groups of players and to advise/assist program staff and/or the orchestra librarian on artistic needs that may arise during the residency and tour. The apprentice conductor positions are for 16–19-year-old musicians selected via competitive audition. They are likely to shadow the assistant conductors for significant portions of program.

    The assistant conductor positions are open to US citizens or permanent residents (Green Card holders) from all backgrounds, ages 20–35. A modest stipend and all expenses will be provided by Carnegie Hall.

  • How to Apply


    • October 17, 2016: Application opens
    • January 13, 2017: Application deadline (at 11:59 PM in your respective time zone)
    • January 20, 2017: Recommendation deadline
    • February 10, 2017: Applicants are notified of their status


    There is no fee to apply, and a short application form must be completed online by January 14, 2016.

    • Audition Video: This should include up to 15 minutes of rehearsal or performance footage, including at least two unedited extracts of three or more minutes from contrasting symphonic works. Please upload video that is shot with the conductor facing the camera and as much of the ensemble in the frame as possible.
    • Résumé: As part of the application form, you will be asked to upload a PDF of your current résumé.
    • Recommendations: You will be asked to enter email addresses for your recommenders—two are required, a third is optional. They will receive a link to an online recommendation form after you submit your completed application. Please note that this email will be sent directly from Decision Desk (not Carnegie Hall or NYO-USA). Your references will have until January 20, 2017, to complete and submit their confidential recommendations. References who can address both your personal and musical qualities, such as your music teacher(s) and/or ensemble conductor(s), are preferred. While one music reference is required, your second reference can be academic or non-music related.

  • Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

    Additional funding has been provided by The Jack Benny Family Foundation; Andrew and Margaret Paul; and Jolyon Stern and Nelle Nugent.

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