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Friday, Dec 22
See you in the New Year!

The office will be closed Saturday, December 23 through Monday, January 1. We will reopen at 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 2. Rehearsals resume on Sunday, January 7. Questions about… MORE »

Monday, Dec 18
Congratulations to all on a great performance!

Congratulations to all of our fabulous students on their Winter Concert’s at Symphony Space! Their hard work really paid off. Here’s to a New Year full of many more musical… MORE »

Monday, Dec 11
Winter Concerts at Peter Norton Symphony Space!

You are invited to ISO’s Winter Concerts! On Sunday, December 17th our ensembles will be performing at Symphony Space. There are two concert that day: 4:00pm-5:pm Trinity Florentine Orchestra and… MORE »

Tuesday, Dec 05
ISO featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

ISO is thrilled and honored to be featured in the December issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy! Click here for the article.

Monday, Dec 04
Rush Hour Concert at Trinity Church Wall Street

InterSchool Orchestras of New York presents a Rush Hour Concert featuring Trinity Florentine Orchestra and Morningside Orchestra, ISO’s beginning string ensembles. The concert will also showcase ISO Teaching Artists, performing… MORE »

Wednesday, Nov 22
ISO Thanksgiving Schedule

The administrative office will close at 1pm on November 22, and remain closed on November 23 and 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no rehearsals Wednesday,… MORE »

Tuesday, Nov 21
Rehearsal Reminders

There is no ISO Wind Symphony rehearsal today, Nov 21.   Morningside Orchestra WILL be rehearsing today as usual.   No rehearsals tomorrow, Nov 22 through Sunday, Nov 26 for… MORE »

Friday, Oct 06
Retreat Info + Office Closed Oct 9

The ISO administrative office will be closed on Monday, October 9 for the Columbus Day holiday. In regards to the retreat for ISO Symphony, ISO Wind Symphony, and Concert Orchestra,… MORE »

Thursday, Sep 07
Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all ISO students and parents! Please click here to read our newsletter, “Subito!”, which contains information about our calendar and upcoming concerts and activities. If you have… MORE »

Thursday, Aug 31
ISO Admin Office Closed Sept. 1-4

The ISO administrative office will be closed Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4. The office will reopen at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 5. Have a fun and safe… MORE »

Monday, Aug 28
Times Available for Fall Auditions

We are still taking applications for ISO’s fall auditions on September 10, 2017 at Pearl Studios (500 8th Ave, 12th Floor). To sign up for auditions, or for more information,… MORE »

Wednesday, Aug 16
RSVP for the ISO Fall 2017 Retreat by the end of August!

We are looking forward to the upcoming ISO season and our fall retreat for Concert Orchestra, ISO Symphonic Band, and ISO Symphony! Please let us know by August 15 whether… MORE »

Friday, May 26
Memorial Day & Auditions

We are currently running a waitlist for the June 4-8 auditions, for any students who have applied to audition after 1:00 pm on Friday, May 26. Please fill out the… MORE »

Wednesday, May 10
Carnegie Hall!

We hope to see everyone on May 11th at Carnegie Hall for the Edward and Elaine Altman 45th Anniversary Concert. The program features all eight of ISO’s ensembles, special guest… MORE »

Friday, Apr 07
No Rehearsals During Spring Break, April 10-13

Orchestras will not meet for rehearsals during NYC Public Schools spring break, Monday, April 10 through Thursday, April 13. Rehearsals will resume according to the regular schedule starting on Monday,… MORE »

Wednesday, Mar 15
ISO Symphony Performance at Congregation Beth Elohim

On Wednesday, April 5 at 7 pm ISO Symphony will be performing at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope. The concert includes Shostakovich Festive Overture, movements from Mahler Symphony No.1,… MORE »

Wednesday, Mar 15
Wednesday March 15 Rehearsals Meet As Scheduled

All ISO activities will continue as scheduled today, Wednesday, March 15. This includes Turtle Bay, Carnegie Hill, and ISO Symphony orchestra rehearsals; the free cello masterclass with Alisa Weilerstein at… MORE »

Monday, Mar 13
Tuesday, March 14 Rehearsals Canceled

Due to blizzard conditions in the forecast for Tuesday, March 14, Morningside Orchestra and Symphonic Band rehearsals will be canceled. The ISO administrative office will also be closed. You can… MORE »

Tuesday, Mar 07
Queens East Orchestra rehearsal rescheduled to 3/8/17

Queens East Orchestra students and parents: As a reminder, rehearsal has been rescheduled this week to WEDNESDAY, March 8. The Orchestra will still meet at the same location and time… MORE »

Monday, Feb 27
Welcome back! – Rehearsals start February 27

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a relaxing break. Regularly-scheduled rehearsals begin again on February 27.

Friday, Feb 17
Midwinter Break – No rehearsals Feb. 20-24

As a reminder, ISO is on midwinter break next week – there will be no rehearsals February 20th-24th. Regular rehearsals will resume on Monday, February 27th.   The ISO admin… MORE »

Thursday, Feb 09
Admin office opens Feb 10. Rehearsals resume Feb 13.

The ISO administrative office will reopen tomorrow, Friday, February 10, at 10:00 am. Rehearsals will resume as scheduled on Monday, February 13. You can reach the office by phone at… MORE »

Wednesday, Feb 08
Thursday, February 9 Rehearsals Canceled

Due to heavy snow in the forecast for Thursday, February 9, the regularly-scheduled Concert Orchestra and Queens East rehearsals have been canceled. The ISO administrative office will also be closed…. MORE »

Wednesday, Jan 04
New Student Winter Auditions – January 8, 2017

ISO is still accepting applications for new students to join this January. Auditions will take place January 8 between 3pm-5pm at Pearl Studios (500 8th Ave, 12th Floor). These auditions… MORE »

Friday, Dec 16
Office Closed December 22-January 2 – Info on Auditions, Calendar & More

The administrative office of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York will be closed Thursday, December 22 through Monday, January 2. The office will reopen and rehearsals will resume on January… MORE »

Thursday, Dec 15
Notice for Friday, December 16 – Possible Phone/Internet Outage

Please note that the ISO administrative office may experience some interruptions in phone and Internet service throughout the day. If you are not able to contact the office through the… MORE »

Tuesday, Dec 06
Winter Community Concerts

ISO’s Winter Community Concerts are fast approaching! December 11th – ISO Symphonic Band will be performing a free concert at St. Patrick’s Catholic School located at 401 97th St, Brooklyn,… MORE »

Friday, Oct 28
Conquering Stage Fright with Rick Mowat

All are welcome to this free masterclass on overcoming performance-related nervousness. Rick Mowat is a Juilliard graduate and a NYC-based director, editor, actor, and film maker. This fun session will… MORE »

Tuesday, Oct 04
Concerto Competition Announcement!

Thank you to all of you for participating in the competition this year! The judges were very impressed by all of the performances. We are very proud to announce that… MORE »

Monday, Oct 03
ISO Day for Upper Ensembles!

Concert Orchestra, ISO Symphonic Band, and ISO Symphony Sunday, October 23, 10am-4pm Third Street Music School Settlement 235 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003 Join us for a day… MORE »

Thursday, Sep 22
ISO Day!

Carnegie Hill, Trinity Florentine, Morninside, Turtle Bay, Queens East Orchestras Sunday, September 25, 10am-4pm Third Street Music School Settlement 235 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003 Join us for… MORE »

Tuesday, Sep 06
Unity Youth Symphony

Join us on Monday, September 12 at 6pm for a very special free concert by the Unity Youth Symphony  at Trinity Church.  The youth of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura,… MORE »

Friday, Jul 15
2016-2017 Concerto Competition

ISO’s annual Concerto Competition is a wonderful opportunity for Concert Orchestra and ISO Symphony members to perform a solo at the Symphony Space winter concerts! This year, the competition will… MORE »

Friday, Jun 24
Announcing New Executive Director Karen Geer

The Board of Directors of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO) announces the appointment of Karen Geer as the new Executive Director. With more than 30 years of experience… MORE »

Thursday, Jun 16
Keep the Music Playing Success!

Thank you for your tremendous support during yesterday’s KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING -24 Hours of Giving Campaign.  With 204 donors we nearly made our goal of 250 donors in 24… MORE »

Wednesday, Jun 08
Keep the Music Playing!

We’re excited to announce the 24-Hour Keep the Music Playing campaign! A generous donor has pledged a challenge grant of $10,000 to ISO if enough individual donors show ISO their support… MORE »

Friday, Apr 15
ISO Spring Music Festival

All eight of InterSchool Orchestras of New York’s talented ensembles are hard at work in preparation for the Spring Music Festival featuring the music of Bernstein, Mozart, Puccini, Wagner, and… MORE »

Tuesday, Mar 08
Dinner at the Opera Gala

Purchase Gala Tickets! Our Dinner at the Opera Gala is fast approaching! Come show your support for ISO’s talented young musicians on Monday, April 11 at The Lighthouse at Chelsea… MORE »

Friday, Feb 19
ISO Concerto Competition Winners Selected

Congratulations to Kingston Ho, violinist from ISO Symphony, and Chloe Joo, violinist from Concert Orchestra on winning the 2015-2016 Concerto Competition! Both students will be featured at our Spring Concert… MORE »

Thursday, Jan 07
ISO Winter Concerts at Peter Norton Symphony Space

InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO) Winter Concerts featuring the music of Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Gershwin and others. ISO’s eight youth music ensembles made up of 336 of greater NYC’s… MORE »

Monday, Nov 16
Free Concert by the ISO Symphony, Nov. 20

ISO Symphony gives a FREE concert this Friday, Nov. 20, performing Manuel De Falla’s Danza Española from La Vida Breve and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 at Good Shepard-Faith Presbyterian… MORE »

Friday, Nov 13
Home Stretch for the Practice-a-thon!

The Practice-a-thon ends at midnight this Sunday. Online fundraising is just past 1/3 of the goal and countless hours of practice time have no doubt been put in. There’s still… MORE »

Wednesday, Nov 04
Practice-a-thon Takes Off

The 2015 Practice-a-thon officially started on November 2nd. Last year, a total of 1001 hours of practice time was logged by members of the Carnegie Hill, Morningside, Queens East, Trinity… MORE »

Thursday, Oct 15
Managing Stage Fright and Audition Nerves

Free for all ISO students: If you have ever felt that nerves prevented you from giving your best performance or audition, you’ll want to attend this special workshop presented by… MORE »

Monday, Sep 21
Getting into the College of Your Choice

Do you want to know more about the college acceptance process? On October 14th, Jane Ross, Educational Consultant and ISO Board Member, will hold a FREE getting into college seminar. It will… MORE »

Wednesday, Jul 08
Fall Auditions

It’s not too late to join ISO for an exciting 2015-2016 season! We will be holding auditions by appointment for open positions on  Wednesday, September 9th & Monday, September 28th*… MORE »

Monday, Jun 15
2015/2016 Orchestras in Formation

Information on placement in ISO’s orchestras was sent by email during the last two weeks to everyone who auditioned in May. If you auditioned and have not heard from us,… MORE »

Monday, Jun 01
You did the Concert, now Get the T-Shirt

We are pleased to offer ISO merchandise through You can find t-shirts, a hoodie, mugs with photos from the Carnegie Hall concert, the concert poster, and more at

Monday, May 04
Announcing the 2015/2016 Season

A 360-degree look at opera involving all ISO’s students will highlight the 2015/2016 season. Performances will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Symphony Space. Auditions are being held… MORE »

Thursday, Apr 30
Ticket Sales Contest Ends with Record Sales

Families and friends of ISO students purchased a record $102,550 in tickets online! We’re now tabulating the sales by student and by ensemble to determine the winners, which will be… MORE »

Wednesday, Apr 29
Reminder: Tickets Sales on ISO Web Site End Thursday

At 5:00 p.m on Thursday, April 30, we will close down the online ticket sales and end the ticket selling contest for ISO musicians. Remaining tickets (if any!) will be… MORE »

Tuesday, Apr 21
Less than 700 Seats Remain for Carnegie Hall Concert

Less than 700 seats remain for ISO’s May 3rd concert in Carnegie Hall. Online sales have surpassed even the revised goals. How wonderful to see such generous support of our students!… MORE »

Monday, Apr 13
Ticket Sales Exceed 2012 Record

Online ticket sales for the Carnegie Hall concert on May 3 have exceeded the $68,000 in sales for the 2012 concert! Symphonic Band remains out in front with more than… MORE »

Friday, Apr 10
Carnegie Hall Tickets Selling Briskly

Have you purchased your tickets for the May 3 concert yet? Some seating sections have already sold out. Don’t miss hearing ISO’s 361 young musicians performing in one of the… MORE »

Friday, Mar 06
Carnegie Hall Tickets Now on Sale

Back in 2012, ISO sold out Carnegie Hall, sharing that distinction with the Vienna Philharmonic and world-famous soloists. We can do it again for our May 3 concert! All ISO… MORE »

Friday, Feb 27
ISO Symphonic Band Performs March 1, Columbia Festival of Winds

On Sunday, March 1st, the ISO Symphonic Band will perform in the Seventh Annual Columbia Festival of Winds! By participating in this festival, the Symphonic Band will shine a light… MORE »

Friday, Feb 20
ISO Mourns the Passing of David Hume

David Hume (87) passed away on February 18. He was a founding board member of ISO, and its first president. Without his leadership and organizational skills, there would be no… MORE »

Tuesday, Feb 17
ISO on Facebook

Have you checked out ISO’s Facebook page? We regularly post there photos and videos from rehearsals and concerts, notices of events, and ISO Radio, a new feature every weekend of audio… MORE »

Thursday, Jan 29
Take Action to Support Arts Education

The senate is rewriting the education bill and has some alarming changes including removing the current list of core academic subjects, terminating the current federal afterschool funding program, fails to… MORE »

Monday, Jan 19
Richard Stoltzman to Perform with ISO

Legendary clarinetist Richard Stoltzman will join the ISO Symphony on stage at Carnegie Hall as our guest soloist! This two-time Grammy Award winner crosses boundaries as both a jazz and… MORE »

Wednesday, Jan 07
Queens Auditions

Queens auditions will be held on Thursday, January 15th at PS 203Q, in addition to our Manhattan auditions on Sunday, January 11th. Please fill out an online application form and call… MORE »

Wednesday, Dec 31
Last Chance to Join ISO and Play at Carnegie Hall

Auditions on January 11 are your last chance to join an ISO ensemble and perform at Carnegie Hall on May 3. Positions remain open in all groups, from beginners to… MORE »

Monday, Dec 22
Holiday Greetings

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year filled with wonderful music making from all of us at InterSchool Orchestras of New York        … MORE »

Monday, Nov 24
Enrollment Open for 2nd Semester

It’s not too late to join ISO and play at Carnegie Hall! Winter Auditions for all ensembles will take place on Sunday, January 11th 2015. Read our Audition Flyer  to see which… MORE »

Friday, Nov 21
Practice-a-Thon Passes the Goal!

We have passed the $25,000 goal, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of family members and friends of ISO’s young musicians! Heartfelt thanks to everyone. Additional contributions will be accepted… MORE »

Wednesday, Nov 12
Practice-a-thon Passes the Half Way Mark

Donations to the Practice-a-thon are well past the halfway mark toward the goal of raising $25,000! $14,000 has been raised so far. Many thanks to all who are taking part…. MORE »

Monday, Oct 27
Practice-a-Thon 2014 Kicks Off Nov. 3

From November 3 through 16, musicians in the Carnegie Hill, Morningside, Queens East, Trinity Florentine and Turtle Bay Orchestras are asked to increase their usual practice time and to ask their… MORE »

Thursday, Sep 18
New Carnegie Hill Rehearsal Update

Starting with the November 3 rehearsal, the Carnegie Hill Orchestra will rehearse at Congregation Shaare Zedek, located at 212 West 93rd Street, just east of Broadway. Use the street-level entrance… MORE »

Thursday, Aug 07
Fall Auditions for Remaining Positions

It’s not too late to join ISO! Auditions will be held September 8 and 9 in Manhattan for all ensembles, except for the Queens East Orchestra, which will hold auditions… MORE »

Thursday, Jul 03
Follow the ISO Symphony on Tour

Use the blog “” to follow the ISO Symphony as it explores Scotland, performs for communities near Aberdeen, and collaborates with The Netherlands’ Amserfoort Youth Orchestra. Students and staff will… MORE »

Friday, Jun 20
ISO Back at Carnegie Hall in 2015

The 2014/2015 season will conclude with a performance by all of ISO’s ensembles at Carnegie Hall on Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2015. The concert season will begin with the traditional… MORE »

Thursday, Jun 12
Pictures from the JALC Concert

Photos from the concert given by the ISO Symphony, Concert Orchestra, and Symphonic Band at Jazz at Lincoln Center can be found on ISO’s Flickr page. The photos were donated… MORE »

Thursday, May 29
Auditions for the 2014/2015 Season

Time is running out to schedule an audition to participate in ISO’s ensembles next season. All new students and current students except those in Symphony and Symphonic Band must audition… MORE »

Monday, May 19
May 18 Spring Concert CD Available

A CD recording of the Spring Concert featuring the ISO Flutes, Morningside, Turtle Bay, Trinity Florentine, Queens East, and Carnegie Hill Orchestras is now available. Purchase your CD of the May 18… MORE »

Friday, Apr 25
Concerts Will Close out the Season

Get your tickets now for ISO’s May concerts, bringing to a close a successful season that saw record enrollment for the third year in a row. Sunday, May 18: Carnegie Hill,… MORE »

Wednesday, Apr 16
Goal Busting Gala Supports Financial Aid

ISO’s annual gala exceeded all expectations, bringing in more than $135,000 in support of financial aid. Many thanks to the many generous donors who made this possible. The event took… MORE »

Tuesday, Feb 11
ISO Community Concerts

ISO’s musicians like to share their music with people in communities throughout the City. We have presented concerts at the Stanley Isaacs Community Center, Terrance Cardinal Cooke Health Center, Boy’s… MORE »

Friday, Jan 24
ISO Ensembles to Open Music of Now Marathon

The ISO Symphony and Symphonic Band will open the fifth annual Music of Now Marathon concert at Symphony Space on Saturday, February 1, starting at 2:00 p.m. This concert is… MORE »

Thursday, Jan 23
Congratulations to ISO’s Musicians

ISO’s young musicians and artistic staff performed two exceptional concerts this month. Without exception, each ensemble played their very best, and guest artist, Bella Hristova, was an inspiration to all… MORE »

Wednesday, Jan 01
January Free Events

Wednesday, January 22: *Winter Concert: ISO Symphony, Concert Orchestra, Carnegie Hill Orchestra, and ISO Flutes, with guest artist Bella Hristova, Julia Richman Education Complex, 317 East 67th Street. 7:00 p.m. FREE… MORE »

Thursday, Dec 26
Holiday Message from the Artistic Director

Dear ISO Families, The work of our ISO students in all of our ensembles has been nothing short of amazing this season. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated… MORE »

Monday, Dec 02
Transforming Lives Through Music

Over the years, thousands of young people have participated in ISO’s ensembles. A number went on to become professional musicians, but many more took up other professions (including a noted… MORE »

Sunday, Oct 20
The Practice-a-Thon Has Ended

More than $21,000 was raised by students in the Carnegie Hill, Morningside, Queens East, Trinity Florentine, and Turtle Bay Orchestras, and ISO Flutes. All funds will be used to help make… MORE »

Monday, Oct 07
PhilharMONSTER! on October 20

Symphony Space will present the second annual PhilharMONSTER! family concert on Sunday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m. ISO’s Symphonic Band and Carnegie Hill Orchestra will perform a selection of spooky… MORE »

Tuesday, Sep 10
Welcome to ISO’s 2013/2014 Season!

Rehearsals are starting and final details are being completed for concerts, retreats, and other activities. Check out the 2013/2014 season details on the Programs page. It’s still not too late to… MORE »

Monday, Jul 22
Report on ISO’s 2012/2013 Season

The 2012/2013 season of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York included a wide variety of opportunities for its students. From performances in Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space to an appearance… MORE »

Thursday, Jun 20
ISO Symphony Accepted for 2014 Aberdeen Festival

The ISO Symphony has been accepted to participate in the 2014 Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Festival brings together as many as 1,000 young people in all… MORE »

Tuesday, Mar 26
Record Enrollment Reached at ISO

329 student musicians now perform with one of ISO’s nine ensembles! This is a record number in our 41-year history. The most growth has been in the entry-level orchestras. In… MORE »

Monday, Feb 25
Celebrate with ISO and Help Young Musicians

Guests at the Monday, April 15 Gala Celebration will enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, and an auction while helping to provide critical financial aid and scholarships for more than… MORE »

Friday, Jan 25
ISO Symphony at Carnegie Hall

ISO Symphony returns to Carnegie Hall this Sunday, February 24, when it will share the bill with the New Jersey Youth Symphony (also under the direction of Jeffrey Grogan) and the… MORE »

Thursday, Nov 29
Help Keep Dreams Alive for ISO’s Young Musicians

“What can I do to make the ISO experience more valuable and enjoyable for every student?” That’s the question all of us at ISO ask ourselves every day. This season,… MORE »

Wednesday, Aug 22
ISO’s New Logo

We are so pleased to introduce our new logo. The multiple shapes represent the many groups that make up InterSchool Orchestras and the playful type beautifully reflects the energy of… MORE »

Monday, Feb 06
SOLD OUT at Carnegie Hall

SOLD OUT! Those are my new favorite words in the English language, and what a thrill it was to see them on the ISO poster outside Carnegie Hall! From seeing… MORE »

Tuesday, Nov 22
ISO 40th Anniversary Gala Concert and Reception

Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 7:00pm Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall 57th Street and Seventh Avenue         The InterSchool Orchestras of New York will… MORE »

Wednesday, Jun 29
ISO Welcomes New Executive Director, Waddy Thompson

The ISO is very happy to welcome our new executive director, Mr. Waddy Thompson.  Mr. Thompson comes to us with 30 years of experience in arts administration with a wide… MORE »

Thursday, May 19
ISO Receives $30,000 From National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has released its official list of recipients for 2011 NEA awards, including $30,000 for ISO!  

Wednesday, Apr 06
ISO Performs at the NY METS game!

The ISO will perform the National Anthem and a pregame concert for the NY METS on Saturday, April 9.  The ISO will receive proceeds from tickets sales made through this… MORE »

Tuesday, Feb 22
ISO in the NY Times

Big Cello, Little Cello by Ari Goldman:  …. after a year and a half I was tired of being the schlepper and the chaperone. I wanted to be a player…… MORE »

Sunday, Feb 13
ISO in the Huffington Post

“Altogether a marvelous evening for any music lover and a fitting continuation of the spirit of young Icarus that marked the previous evening’s musical tribute to the sciences. The difference:… MORE »

Saturday, Feb 12
Mark O’Connor with the ISO

As a 2011 ISO Honoree, Mark O’Connor performed with the ISO Symphony on March 8, 2011 as part of our Mardi Gras Celebration Gala.  Prince George Ballroom, NYC.  

Saturday, Feb 12
ISO recipeint of the 2004 Bank of America Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education from the League of American Orchestras
Saturday, Feb 12
ISO Featured in Symphony Magazine

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Friday, Aug 06
ISO Appoints Jeffrey Grogan Music Director

The Board of Trustees of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO) proudly announces the appointment of Maestro Jeffrey D. Grogan as ISO Music Director and conductor of the ISO… MORE »