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All orchestral instrument fellowships (including Piano) except Percussion and Timpani
  • You may apply on line at www.nws.edu. Non-refundable application fees and deadlines are as follows: $65.00 for completed applications submitted no later than December 3, 2014, $90.00 for completed applications submitted no later than December 17, 2014 and $120.00 for completed applications submitted no later than January 7, 2015, which will be the final deadline.
  • After the NWS audition panel reviews your application you may be invited to a live audition during the National Audition Tour.
  • Musicians who are currently designated as Finalists or Semi-finalists for the 2014-2015 Season need not upload a video or pay an application fee in order to secure a live audition during the National Audition Tour.
  • All Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be placed on the substitute list and may be called to substitute with the orchestra.
  • During the National Audition Tour, walk-in auditions are not permitted.
  • Only musicians currently enrolled in or recently graduated from distinguished music programs will be considered for live auditions. You can audition for the New World Symphony at any time during your studies, but you cannot be considered for a NWS fellowship until you have completed your present course of study. A baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree or the equivalent is required of all NWS Fellows. Doctoral students must have completed their residency requirements to be considered for a fellowship. All new Fellows must have transcripts of their most recent degree sent to NWS.
  • NWS will not provide copies of audition excerpts or solos.
  • Accompanists are not permitted at your audition.
  • All auditions and interviews are video recorded for later review by the NWS audition committee. Videos remain the sole property of NWS.
  • All audition results will be given by e-mail no later than April 1, 2015.
  • Fellowships are awarded on a season-by-season basis for up to three years with the understanding that participation in the program is subject to ongoing review by the Artistic Director, Dean, and other members of the faculty and staff.
Please Note: “No-shows” will not be allowed to audition at a later date without approval from the Director of Admissions.
Percussionists and Timpanists
The New World Symphony is pleased to announce fellowship vacancies for Percussion, beginning in September of the 2015-16 season. Percussion auditions will be held in Miami on May 11 and 12, 2015. Finals will be in the afternoon on May 12.

The deadline for applications is April 28, 2015. Complete applications consisting of an application (including three essay responses) and a current resume should be mailed to:

New World Symphony
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Please note that the prescreening DVD and application fee are waived and that the online application cannot be used.

Click here to download the application form.
Click here for repertoire requirements.

No timpani auditions are planned at this time. Timpani auditions will only take place if a fellowship becomes available.

The New World Symphony offers a one-year conducting Fellowship to highly qualified conductors who have finished at least a bachelor’s degree and are not currently enrolled in a degree program. The conducting Fellow works with Michael Tilson Thomas and many visiting guest conductors and leads the NWS in several of the season’s concerts and reading sessions. Initial application materials must be received in Miami by November 15, 2014 for Fellowships beginning in September 2015. A complete application should be mailed directly to New World Symphony and consist of:

  • An application which can be downloaded from the link below. Please note that this includes 3 essay questions and a current resume. The application fee is waived.
  • A DVD showing you conducting music in rehearsal and/or performance preferably from a variety of musical periods and, if possible, a variety of ensemble sizes.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application cannot be used.
Click here to download the application form.

Audio Engineers

The New World Symphony is pleased to announce a fellowship vacancy for Audio Engineer, beginning in September of the 2015-2016 season. Under the direction of the Director of Audio Services, the audio engineer's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Recording various performances at the New World Center (NWS' home in Miami Beach) and some remote locations
  • Audition repertoire recording (for fellows seeking invitation to auditions or competitions)
  • Mixing, editing and mastering of recordings using various audio software (Pro Tools HD, Pyramix, Soundblade, Izotope RX)
  • Post production audio for video
  • Mixing live sound for various NWS events including our Wallcast performances (Digico, Yamaha, Meyer Dmitri audio hardware/Cuestation software)
  • Duplication of recordings for the Artistic Director, Executive Director and some visiting artists
  • Participation in Electronic Media activities
  • Producing recordings for possible broadcast
  • Participation in development of NWS facilities and equipment

The qualified applicant should be comfortable with score-reading and must have a high-quality demo CD available for review (no MP3s please), plus at least two references. The deadline for applications will be January 2, 2015. Complete applications should be mailed to Tom Hadley, Associate Dean and Director of Admissions, New World Symphony, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Please note that there is no application fee required but a NWS application with essay responses must be included.

Click here to download the application form.


Currently, there is no opening for a Library Fellow but you may add your name to our contact list by emailing admissions@nws.edu and you will be notified the next time the fellowship becomes available.

Thank you for your interest.

Foreign Nationals living within the USA
In addition to your application, resume, essays and application fee, please provide photocopies of the following documents:
  • Passport page(s) containing date of birth, country or city of birth, country of citizenship, and foreign address.
  • ONE of the following documents (as applicable):
    • I-20 from the school or institution you are attending
    • Permanent Residency Card (“Green Card”)
    • Employment Authorization Card
Due to the difficulty in obtaining visiting artist visas on short notice, foreign nationals living outside the U.S. will not be invited to substitute with NWS. Foreign nationals living within the U.S. who substitute with NWS will be required to show proof of eligibility to receive stipend.

Fellows who are non-resident aliens temporarily present in the US may be subject to mandatory withholding on the value of their stipend, electronic media guarantee, travel grant and housing. For fellows here on an F-1, J-1, M-1, Q-1, or Q-2 visa, the withholding rate is 14%; however, a tax treaty with the fellow’s home country may eliminate the mandatory withholding requirement depending on the length of time the fellow has been in the US. Absent a treaty exemption the withholding rate is 30% for non-resident aliens in any other immigration status. Each year fellows who are non-resident aliens are required to certify their status by completing Forms 8233 and W8-BEN and the information will be used by NWS to determine applicability of treaty benefits and withholding requirements. At the end of each calendar year NWS will issue a Form 1042-S to any non-resident alien subject to withholding and recipients may be able to obtain a refund from the IRS subject to their individual tax filing.

Non-discrimination policy: The New World Symphony does not discriminate in its admissions policy or in the administration of its program on the basis of race, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national or ethnic origin, or disability.