Community Engagement

Side-by-Side Ensemble and Concerto Competition

Side by Side


The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), is pleased to offer advanced instrumentalists (7-12th grade) an opportunity to participate in its 2022 Side-by-Side Ensemble. Student musicians will receive one-on-one training with NWS Fellows and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT). Student musicians accepted into the Ensemble will participate in sectionals, rehearsals and a concert with NWS Fellows on Saturday, April 23. Students will also have the opportunity to audition for the 2022 Concerto Competition (optional). The winner of the Concerto Competition will perform during the Side-by-Side Concert on Saturday, April 23. The runner-up will perform during the Town Hall Master Class on Friday, April 22 with MTT. 

Side-by-Side Ensemble auditions are open to advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students, grades 7-12. The Concerto Competition auditions are open to advanced string, woodwind, brass, piano, and percussion students, grades 7-12. All instrumentalists selected will be engaged in Side-by-Side sectionals, rehearsals and the final performance.  

Important Dates:

Application Opens: January 5 
Application Deadline:  February 27 
*Due to COVID-19, this year all ensemble auditions will take place via recording. There will not be a live audition at the New World Center for Side-by-Side Ensemble placement. Results will go out to all applicants in early March. 

Side-by-Side Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, April 23, 2022, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Side-by-Side Concert:  Saturday, April 23, 2022, 8:00 PM
Side-by-Side mentorship activities and sectionals: Tuesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 7, 6:00-8:00 PM 
Ensemble Rehearsals with MTT: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 and Thursday, April 21, 2022, 4:30-7:00 PM 



Audition Repertoire: 

All students will be asked to prepare three specific excerpts. Please review the audition requirements carefully by instrument. Audition repertoire requirements as well as music for each excerpt are available below.

New World Symphony Fellows recorded helpful practice videos for each excerpt that are available here.


Concerto Competition (optional): 

Students interested in participating in the Side-by-Side Concerto Competition will be asked to include one movement of a concerto with piano accompaniment. Finalists will be invited to a live Final Concerto Competition round at the New World Center on Thursday, March 10, from 4:00-8:00 PM. The winner of the Concerto Competition will perform their concerto during the Side-by-Side Concert on Saturday, April 23. The runner up will perform during the Side-by-Side Town Hall Master Class on Friday, April 22, 2022 with MTT. 


For any questions, please email Elyse Marrero at



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