ISO offers a family of ensembles at various ability levels to serve young musicians ages 6 to 19. Placement in all ensembles is by audition. See the general descriptions below and follow the links from the ensemble names for more detailed information.
One of New York’s finest youth orchestras, the ISO Symphony is all-scholarship and regularly works with professional orchestra musicians. A concerto competition provides solo opportunities for members. Audition Guidelines
Wind, brass, and percussion players explore the band repertory and perform throughout the city.
The Concert Orchestra challenges young players to expand their technical skills and knowledge of the repertory. A concerto competition gives up-and-coming talent a chance to shine. Audition Guidelines
The Carnegie Hill Orchestra engages young musicians in the pleasures of making music in a first-rate ensemble playing more challenging music. Audition Guidelines
Queens East, Morningside, Trinity Florentine, and ISO at Turtle Bay Orchestras
These four groups present an exciting introduction to what it means to play in an orchestra. These orchestras are strategically located to make them accessible to students in many parts of the city. Rehearsals take place in, respectively, Bayside/Queens, Upper West Side/Manhattan, Financial District/Manhattan, and Mid-Town East/Manhattan. Audition Guidelines