Application Requirements

Applications for the 2017-18 season will open on October 26th.

All orchestral instrument fellowships (including Piano) except Percussion and Timpani:

  • You may apply online at Non-refundable application fees and deadlines are as follows: $65.00 for completed applications submitted no later than December 1, 2016, $90.00 for completed applications submitted no later than December 15, 2016 and $120.00 for completed applications submitted no later than January 5, 2017, 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 2016-17 Season need not upload a video or pay an application fee in order to secure a live audition during the National Audition Tour.
  • All 2017-18 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, 2017.
  • 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, Provost 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

Timpani and percussion auditions are scheduled separately and are held at the New World Center in Miami Beach.  No prescreening video is required and the application fee is waived.  Please email if you would like to be notified the next time timpani or percussion auditions are scheduled.

Conducting Fellowship

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, 2016 for Fellowships beginning in September 2017.  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 Engineering Fellowship

Currently there is no opening for an Audio Engineering Fellow, but you may add your name to our contact list by emailing and you will be notified the next time the fellowship becomes available. Thank you for your interest.

Library Fellowship

The New World Symphony is seeking to fill a vacancy for its library fellowship. New World Symphony fellowships are awarded on a season-to-season basis for up to three years. Ideally, the selected applicant will start by late fall/early winter, 2016.

This fellowship is designed for the individual who has decided on a career of performance librarian for an orchestra/ensemble/college conservatory but needs to acquire the daily exposure and hands on experience necessary to win such a job.

The library fellow will work closely on a daily basis with the orchestra musicians, Music Library Director, other staff members from different departments, and all the performing artists as well as the Artistic Director.  This fellowship teaches all aspects of running a busy orchestra library including all the administrative responsibilities of such a position. 


Bachelor’s degree in music and prior orchestra library experience is required.  Must be able to read music in a variety of clefs and have knowledge of transposition of instruments. Exposure to music engraving software is preferred.  Should have the quality of an even-temperament, able to work well and productively under pressure, and be able to take direction with a positive attitude. 

The fellowship provides local housing and a weekly stipend of $500. 

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

Please submit resume and application to:

Thomas Hadley
Dean of Admissions, Alumni and Fellow Services
The New World Symphony
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL  33139


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 admits Fellows of any race, color, creed, sex, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, family responsibility, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to Fellows at NWS. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and other NWS-administered programs.
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