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advanced string, wind, brass and percussion through age 21


NVYO’s most advanced auditioned student orchestra is made up of highly capable string, wind, brass and percussion players under the age of 21. Musicians are expected to have developed an advanced range and tone, and be able to play in any key. Vibrato and/or other advanced techniques are required, as music is selected from the standard Symphonic repertoire. Rehearsals are Sunday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm, with additional sectionals and dress rehearsals as scheduled. String seating is rotated each concert. Brass, woodwind and percussion usually rotate from piece to piece.

Fees – 2022-23  | Register before 9.7.22 and save

  • Tuition is $295 for the season, $275 before September 7.  For 2nd semester only, $175.

  • Fees include all instruction, music use, sectional opportunities, and a t-shirt.

  • Students joining in the middle of the season may inquire about a reduced tuition rate, presently $175 for Symphony.

  • Limited scholarships are available, need or merit- based for all members. Complete the appropriate application online HERE. Please submit prior to registration for best consideration. 

Audition Information

  • For students interested in advancing from Philharmonic to Symphony, or students new to NVYO who are interested in Symphony, Click here for AUDITION INFORMATION FOR SYMPHONY

  • Returning Symphony members may register for 2022-23 without an additional audition. (Placement auditions may be held during the rehearsal season in fall.)

Important note: Orchestral placement is at the discretion of the conductors, regardless of the student’s declared intent.  Age alone is never a determining factor in orchestral placement; NVYO ensembles are arranged by playing level. Orchestral assignment is made with intent to create the overall best experience for each student.

Contact Naomi Welsh with questions – nwelsh@novyo.org, 701-757-3009 or 701-213-0310


College Mentor-Performer Program

Learn more about our College Mentor-Performer program for eligible university-level musicians. This season, if you are a NVYO alum home for online college or a gap year due to COVID-19, you are also eligible for this tuition waiver program!