Orchestra Playing

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.

Advanced Ensemble

The ISO Symphony

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

Advanced-Intermediate Ensemble

Concert Orchestra

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

Intermediate Ensemble

Carnegie Hill Orchestra

The Carnegie Hill Orchestra engages young musicians in the pleasures of making music in a first-rate ensemble playing more challenging music.

Audition Guidelines

Beginner Ensemble

Morningside Orchestra

This group presents an exciting introduction to what it means to play in an orchestra. Morningside is strategically located to make it accessible to students in many parts of the city. Rehearsals take place in, respectively, Upper West Side/Manhattan.

Audition Guidelines