Greater New Haven Youth Ensembles

Since 1961, the Youth Ensembles Program at NMS has offered young musicians unparalleled opportunities to play with other high-achieving students. As they explore celebrated classical pieces and develop crucial performance skills, students are provided with an unforgettable creative experience while they make lifelong friends along the way. These auditioned ensembles are directed by professional conductors and rehearse weekly. Enrollment in music lessons at NMS is not a prerequisite for joining the GNHYE, but it is certainly encouraged.

In order to streamline our process and make it easier for students to submit video auditions, we are combining the auditions for all ensembles into one audition application process for each student. Students may select all the ensembles they wish to audition for, but will only need to submit one audition application and recording. 

How to apply: 

  1. Complete this application 
  2. Submit your audition video on Flipgrid*. Just click the following link when you are ready to record your video:

Look for the white rectangular box to enter this Join Code to access the NMS audition portal: e08d19d8
These audition requirements must be submitted by Friday, September 18 at 5pm:

 In each audition video, please include the following (the maximum time limit for each audition is three minutes):

  1. State your name
  2. Play two scales of your choice. One should be major, the other minor.
  3. Play one excerpt of a piece of your choice.

*Flipgrid describes its purpose as “a simple, free, and accessible video discussion experience for PreK to PhD educations, learners and families”. It works for microsoft and apple devices. It is easy to use, keeps all the auditions in one place, and eliminates the hassle of uploading videos. We are excited to unify and simplify the audition process, ultimately reducing the stress of auditions for students, and saving time for all involved.


Greater New Haven Concert Orchestra

Marvin Warshaw, conductor. Online only, Mondays 6:30-7:30pm beginning October 6. 2020

During this time of continued remote learning, the Concert Orchestra will focus on skill building geared towards developing the instrumental skills needed to play together skillfully. String students will experience fun and rewarding repertoire and learn instrumental techniques to continue development towards high school level ensembles. 

Planned repertoire includes Lord of the Dance; Polar Express; Symphony No. 25, Mozart

Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra

Netta Hadari, conductor. NMS Recital Hall, Sundays 1:30-3:30pm beginning October 5, 2020 

One of the top youth ensembles in Connecticut, the Youth Orchestra’s focus is to be a tool to fight racism and sexism in society, leading students toward achieving their personal potential for artistic beauty and to foster a sense of fairness and unity through the actions of making music. The orchestra is for highly committed high school players. While we will begin the year with strings only, there will be opportunities for wind players to stay connected through work in the chamber wind ensemble. 

Planned repertoire includes Strum, Jesse Montgomery;  Elegy, Carlos Simon; Chamber Symphony (String Quartet No. 8), Dmitri Shostakovich

NMS Chamber Wind Ensemble

Elaine Thoma, coach. Online only, Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm beginning October 8, 2020

While the current safety regulations continue to create huge challenges for wind players, it is important to offer a high level wind ensemble experience so these students continue to grow and keep their competitive edge. This ensemble will keep our wind players connected to the larger NMS ensembles while they hone their skills as they focus on repertoire composed especially for them. Netta Hadari and Marvin Warshaw will also visit this group to offer coachings and feedback, ensuring a smooth transition back to the full orchestra groups as soon as we can safely do so.

Planned repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Heiden, Cimarosa, Donizetti, V. Thompson.