Auditions for Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra are open to string, wind, brass, percussion and harp players through high school age (max: entering 12th grade in the upcoming fall, no minimum age requirement). Auditions for Concert Orchestra are open to string players up to 8th grade (max: entering 8th grade in the upcoming fall, no minimum age requirement). Click here to learn more about our three different orchestras.
New World Youth Orchestras currently does not accept orchestra applications for piano or saxophone. Piano and saxophone applicants may still audition for the Young Artist Competition.
The audition determines selection as a member of the New World Youth Orchestras. Your assigned orchestra will be clarified in your acceptance letter. Order of seating for strings is not decided at the time of orchestra auditions. Generally, each orchestra holds seating auditions prior to each concert but this process is left to the discretion of the conductor and may change. Winds and brass may be notified of their parts when music is distributed in August.
Note: All returning members must re-audition prior to each new season. The previous season’s tuition must be paid in full before an audition will be scheduled.
Auditions are held in the month of June. Mail in your application by May 31 to schedule an audition for your preferred date and time. Applications will continue to be accepted through the last date of June auditions. Specific dates and times available for auditions are listed in the Audition Dates document. Late auditions will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.
Auditions are typically held at Symphony Centre, 32 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Large instruments: A 20-minute loading zone is located in front of the Symphony Centre and may be used for drop-off and pick-up. This loading zone does not have any parking restrictions after 6:00 pm or on weekends.
Downtown Indianapolis offers plenty of both street and garage parking. Metered parking is free on Sundays and after 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Circle Centre Garages (on Washington Street, Maryland Street, Illinois Street and Georgia Street) and Penn Parking (on Pennsylvania Street between Washington Street and Market Street) offer covered garage parking.
Download and print Application Form and Audition Requirements Form.
Fill out the application form and mail it to the New World office with your non-refundable application fee. Online submission is not possible at this time.
You will receive a confirmation email informing you of your audition time after May 12.
Bring this letter with you when you come to audition.
Work with your private teacher to create your best audition possible!
What to Expect At the Symphony Centre
Enter Symphony Centre through the Washington Street doors.
Check-in with the security guard at the end of the hall.
Check-in with New World Youth Orchestras.
You will be directed to a warm-up room where you will have at least 15 minutes of warm up, unless you are late in arriving.
You will be directed from the warm-up room to the audition room where up to 3 conductors will listen to your audition.
Specifics for the audition pieces and scales are in the audition requirements document.
Auditions are unaccompanied.
What If I Cannot Attend My Scheduled Audition
After Your Audition
We request your patience. Rosters will be compiled throughout the month of June and ALL applicants will be notified by mail. If you do not receive a letter by July 18, please contact the New World office. Please do not contact us regarding your completed audition until after July 18.
All placements are final.