Questions & Answers

Helpful Information for New Members

Why should a young music student sign up in an extra curricular orchestra or wind ensemble outside of school? 

NYO  New Youth Orchestra Program is a destination for young talented  musicians who seek to perform with an ensemble that will challenge their  musical abilities, while being surrounded by like minded individuals.  NYO allows these ambitious students to be placed into an orchestra or  band that suits their level of performance as they are given the highest  level ensemble training. 

How do I know to either sign up for an orchestra and wind Ensemble? 

Wind  ensembles include the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, tuba, trombone,  trumpet, french horn and saxophone. An orchestra consist of string  instruments including violin, viola, cello and string bass as well as  the wind instruments but excluding the saxophone. All string players  will be placed into an orchestra depending on the level of each  performer. Wind players will mostly be placed into the wind ensembles,  except for the more experienced players who have the refined technical  skills to blend into the orchestra ensembles. 

Can a complete beginner enter one of the ensembles? 

We  do not provide ensemble training for complete beginners. We require  each member to be playing and receiving private instruction for a  minimum of one year before we can consider them for an audition in the  lower intermediate level orchestra or wind ensemble. 

Is there a need to have previous ensemble experience? 

Ensemble experience is required for most ensembles except for the beginning level Orchestra 1 and Concert Band. 

Does a student member need to be taking private lessons in order be in NYO? 

Yes.  The members in our organization are very serious about learning music.  As we provide an experience that challenges our members from week to  week, lessons are the one thing that will allow everyone to keep up with  our pace. 

Are there performance opportunities during the year? 

NYO holds two concert events throughout the season, one in mid-January and one early June. 

Are there auditions? 

Every continuing member and new member is required to have a 10-12 minute audition before the season starts, this provides the information we need  to place each individual in the correct ensemble. It is the most  important step we have as a teaching organization in order to maintain  quality ensembles as well as creating an environment where the level of  performance can increase dramatically on a weekly bases.  

How do I know what ensemble to select for auditions? 

Your private music teacher can look at the programs page. As well, the "concert highlight video" can help determine the correct level for the student. 

How much is the yearly tuition and what do I get for it? 

The  New Youth Orchestra Organization strives to provide the highest quality  music education program for the lowest possible cost to the musicians’  families. The yearly continuing member tuition of $750 includes:  Auditions, registration, all rehearsals and instruction, music use, and  enrollment into any additional NYO ensemble within the same "Ensemble  Group" upon acceptance. $50 family discounts are offered. 

Each season we regularly offer special tuition where new members can save $250.

What days and times are the rehearsals scheduled? 

Weekly  rehearsals are held every Saturday starting the first week of September  until the last week of May. There are two semesters per yearly season  and around 15 rehearsals per semester. We take days off throughout the  year including Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Mid Season Break &  Spring Break. Please visit 2018-2019 season calendar page

Where are the rehearsals held? 

The  San Diego Youth Orchestra Event Venue 10855 Sorrento Valley Rd. #2-C is  a convenient drive from all coastal and inland north county  communities. To get to the NYO New Youth Orchestra rehearsal facility,  use the freeway exit nearest to the 805/5 junction in Sorrento Valley. 

Is it required that members attend every rehearsal, are there set policies? 

Consistent  attendance is necessary for the development of a quality musical  experience. Musicians are granted no more than 3 absences per semester.  This includes any absence, such as illness, school or other music  activities, family vacation, homework and tests, college visits,  religious holidays, etc.. Concert performances are mandatory for all  members, failure to participate in the concerts are grounds for dismissal from the NYO program.

What are the other learning or performance opportunities open to NYO members? 

There's  a yearly multi- level solo competition open to all ensembles and  levels, chamber music program for high intermediate and advanced level  performers.

How are NYO student members challenged and kept interested through out the year? 

As  each NYO ensemble advances at a rapid pace, our conductors are  continually adjusting the upcoming repertoire to match the level of each  group. This ensures that every performer will continue to develop  technically and musically. Also, each semester members will learn  different music, we don't repeat the same old repertoire every year,  this keeps everything fresh and interesting for students who may be  learning in the same ensemble from one year to another. 

How do I sign up for an audition? 

Conveniently,  we have an online application. Please complete the form and you will be  contacted to schedule a mid- year audition in late January or the new  season audition held April to mid-June every year. 

If I have additional questions or concerns not covered in this page, who can I contact? 

Members and non members are welcomed to call our office 365 days a year from 8 am to 8 pm at (858) 877-3696 or email at The NYO executive director Mario Ramirez is always glad to talk to those who need assistance.