NMS Orchestral Fellowship

A Collaborative Orchestral Fellowship Program

Two of New Haven, Connecticut’s leading music institutions, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) and Neighborhood Music School (NMS), offer a collaborative orchestral fellowship program for their community’s most talented high school music students. The program provides selected members of NMS’s Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra with specialized learning and performance opportunities from the NHSO.


NMS’s Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra is one of the top youth ensembles in Connecticut, focused on preparation of major symphonic works with several performances a year. The orchestra is for highly committed high school players who participate in special events and community performances each semester.

As part of this collaboration, a select number of full scholarships to participate in the Youth Orchestra will be awarded to students of need. These scholarship students will be automatically enrolled into the NHSO Orchestral Fellowship Program. Other members of the Youth Orchestra may apply to the Fellowship Program by submitting an essay outlining their passion for music and explaining why they would be an ideal candidate for the program.

The NHSO Orchestral Fellows will be given free tickets to NHSO concerts, attend open rehearsals, participate in workshops with NHSO New Generation Artists and Music Director William Boughton, and perform at pre-concert Student Showcases. They will receive hands on experience behind the scenes at NHSO concerts, assist with instrument discovery zones, and learn about orchestral management.


Auditions will be scheduled on the following dates:

Tuesday, August 23: strings
Wednesday, August 24: winds/brass/percussion
Thursday, August 25: winds/brass/percussion
Friday, August 26: strings
Saturday, August 27: strings/brass/winds/percussion

To schedule an audition, please contact NMS at 203-624-5189.