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Auditions for all ensembles are held annually in June, September, and January.  September auditions will be held for open positions only.  Candidates at all levels are required to play a classical piece of their own choosing that represents their most accomplished repertoire, scales, and sight reading.   For a list of audition requirements for our 6 orchestras and 2 symphonic bands, view our Audition Requirements or see links on the Ensembles page.

Registration and Auditions for the 2017/2018 Season


Both new and returning students must fill out the online application form to reserve an audition date. Please contact or 212-410-0370 with any questions. Thank you.

ISO is currently accepting applications to audition for the fall (through October) and spring (in January) semesters. Please note:

  • We are hearing auditions on a case-by-case basis through the month of October.
  • January auditions will be held on January 7, 2018 at Pearl Studios (519 8th Ave, 12th Floor, just north of Penn Station – please note this is just up the street from the OTHER Pearl Studios location at 500 8th Ave).
  • Returning ISO Symphony and ISO Wind Symphony (formerly Symphonic Band) students are required to complete the application form, but do not have to re-audition.
  • Questions on any of the notes above can be directed to Lawrence Markiewicz, Assistant Music Director, at


Families must pay the $75 registration fee or fill out a financial aid form in order to receive an audition time. More information on fees is available at the Tuition and Fees page.