Music Ensembles

NYU Symphony Orchestra and NYU Philharmonia

The NYU Symphony Orchestra and the NYU Philharmonia present concerts led by world-class conductors at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre and Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, as well as at off-campus venues, such as the Peter Norton Symphony Space on the Upper West Side and the Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village.

Who Can Join

Membership in the Symphony or Philharmonia is mandatory for Instrumental Performance majors; however, currently matriculating non-Music majors are eligible for membership based on audition and availability.

Audition Information

Strings (excerpts to be posted soon)

  • Violin: Symphony and Philharmonia
  • Viola: Symphony and Philharmonia
  • Cello: Symphony and Philharmonia
  • Bass: Symphony and Philharmonia (Bassists are also required to play one movement of a solo work)


  • Two complete, contrasting works from different style periods


  • Solo work of choice
  • 3-4 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice in contrasting styles


  • One short selected solo on either mallet percussion, snare drum, timpani, or multiple percussion


  • Orchestral assignments based on teacher recommendation and need
  • Incoming pianists should prepare two contrasting pieces for chamber ensemble auditions made by appointment with Dr. Marilyn Nonken
Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals take place in the Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson St., 5th Floor Grand Hall

Symphony: Mondays, 12:30 PM-3:00 PM & Fridays, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

MPAGC-GE 2087.002 & MPAGC-UE 1087.002

NYU Symphony String Sectionals (mandatory) Mondays, 3:15-4:15pm

MPAGC-GE 1087/2087.007

Philharmonia: MPAGC-GE 2087.003 & MPAGC-UE 1087.003 Mondays, 5:00 PM-7:30 PM & Thursdays, 5:00 PM-7:30 PM

Washington Square News review of Symphony concert

Contact Information

Meghan Todt, Orchestra Program General Manager,