Application Requirements

Applications for the 2022-23 academic season will open in October, 2021.

All orchestral instrument fellowships (including Piano) except Percussion and Timpani:

  • You may apply online at Non-refundable application fees and deadlines are as follows: $65.00 for completed applications submitted no later than December 4, 2021, $90.00 for completed applications submitted no later than December 20, 2021 and $120.00 for completed applications submitted no later than January 10, 2022, which will be the final deadline.
  • Applications consist of the application form, a video (featuring a solo and three contrasting excerpts), and an application fee. NOTE: Musicians who are currently designated as “substitutes” need not upload a video in order to secure a live video audition but will be required to pay an application fee as outlined above.
  • After the NWS audition panel reviews your application you may be invited to schedule an audition.  This year NWS is offering you the choice of auditioning either in a handful of cities across the USA or by opting to play a virtual audition using AuditionRoom. If you elect to use AuditionRoom, an additional charge of $35.00 will be required in order to select the date and time of your choice. If you choose to perform a live audition, there will not be an additional fee.  All live and video audition dates will occur in February and March, 2022.
  • Following the live video audition, some musicians may be invited to an interview round.  These interviews will occur in March, 2022. 
  • All audition results will be given by e-mail no later than April 1, 2022
  • Only musicians currently enrolled in or graduated from a degree program will be considered for live auditions. You can audition for the New World Symphony at any time during your studies, but you cannot be considered for a NWS fellowship until you have completed your present course of study. A baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree or the equivalent is required of all NWS Fellows. Doctoral students must have completed their residency requirements to be considered for a fellowship.  All new Fellows must have transcripts of their most recent degree sent to NWS. You are not required to have your bachelor’s degree in music in order to apply.
  • Repertoire requirements for live auditions can be found here. NWS will not provide copies of audition excerpts or solos. 
  • Accompanists are not permitted at your audition.
  • Fellowships are awarded on a season-by-season basis for up to three years with the understanding that participation in the program is subject to ongoing review by the Artistic Director, Provost and other members of the faculty and staff.

Percussionists and Timpanist

The New World Symphony is pleased to announce percussion auditions for a fellowship(s) beginning in September, 2022.  The deadline for submitting applications will be May 6 2022.  A final round will be held in Miami Beach on Friday, June 10, 2022.

NWS will be using AcceptD to process applications and review preliminary auditions.  To apply please visit There is a $40.00 application fee to cover the cost of using this platform.


As part of the application process, each applicant will be asked to upload two videos to the application page with the following repertoire as described:


Video 1 (all of the following to be performed consecutively in one take)



Stravinsky: The Firebird (127 to 133)

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (beg. to B)

Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques (6 to 7)



Respighi: Pini di Roma (beg. to 21 aft. 2 & 7 to end of Mvt.)

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (17 to 20 & 22 to 24)


Video 2 (all of the following to be performed consecutively in one take)



Dvorák: Scherzo Capriccioso (Q to end)


Snare Drum

Jacques Delécluse: Étude No. 11 from Douze Études (1964)

Prokofiev: Lt. Kijé Suite (1st Mvt., 1 to 2)



Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version, 201 to 206)



Bizet: Carmen (Danse Bohème) (H to 2 aft. I & 4.bef. L to M)


After reviewing applications, selected applicants will be asked to travel to Miami Beach for a live final round.  Again, the final round(s) will be held at the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida on Friday, June 10th.  Finalists will be notified of their status no later than Monday, May 16th.

Conducting Fellowship

The New World Symphony offers a one-year conducting fellowship to highly qualified conductors who have finished at least a bachelor’s degree and are not currently enrolled in a degree program. The conducting fellow works with Michael Tilson Thomas and many visiting guest conductors and leads the NWS in several of the season’s concerts and reading sessions. The deadline for applications for fellowships beginning in September 2022 is November 30, 2021. You may apply online at The application will consist of: 

  • Three essay questions and a current resume.
  • A video showing you conducting music in rehearsal and/or performance preferably from a variety of musical periods and, if possible, a variety of ensemble sizes.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $100.00. 

Audio/Video Fellowship

Currently, New World Symphony has no opening for an Audio/Video Fellow but you may add your name to our contact list by emailing and you will be notified the next time the fellowship becomes available.

Library Fellowship

Currently, New World Symphony has no opening for an Library Fellowship but you may add your name to our contact list by emailing and you will be notified the next time the fellowship becomes available.

Foreign Nationals living within the USA

In addition to your application, resume, essays and application fee, please provide photocopies of the following documents:

  • Passport page(s) containing date of birth, country or city of birth, country of citizenship, and foreign address.
  • ONE of the following documents (as applicable):
    • I-20 from the school or institution you are attending
    • Permanent Residency Card (“Green Card”)
    • Employment Authorization Card

Due to the difficulty in obtaining visiting artist visas on short notice, foreign nationals living outside the U.S. will not be invited to substitute with NWS. Foreign nationals living within the U.S. who substitute with NWS will be required to show proof of eligibility to receive stipend.


Fellows who are non-resident aliens temporarily present in the US may be subject to mandatory withholding on the value of their stipend, electronic media guarantee, travel grant and housing. For fellows here on an F-1, J-1, M-1, Q-1, or Q-2 visa, the withholding rate is 14%; however, a tax treaty with the fellow’s home country may eliminate the mandatory withholding requirement depending on the length of time the fellow has been in the US. Absent a treaty exemption the withholding rate is 30% for non-resident aliens in any other immigration status. Each year fellows who are non-resident aliens are required to certify their status by completing Forms 8233 and W8-BEN and the information will be used by NWS to determine applicability of treaty benefits and withholding requirements. At the end of each calendar year NWS will issue a Form 1042-S to any non-resident alien subject to withholding and recipients may be able to obtain a refund from the IRS subject to their individual tax filing.

Non-discrimination policy

The New World Symphony admits Fellows of any race, color, creed, sex, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, family responsibility, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to Fellows at NWS. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and other NWS-administered programs.

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