Orchestral Placement Auditions

On behalf of the Performance Operations Office, welcome to Manhattan School of Music!

Auditions are held to determine placement in the Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia, the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra, and the Manhattan Philharmonia Orchestra. Every student playing an orchestral instrument is required to take these auditions, without exception. Auditions are held throughout the building and adjudicated by members of the faculty, many of whom are members of the New York Philharmonic or the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Fall 2014 orchestra auditions will take place between Tuesday September 2, 2014 and Friday September 5, 2014. Your individual audition time, date and location will be emailed to you by Nolan Robertson, Orchestra Manager. If you have questions regarding your audition please contact Mr. Robertson at nrobertson@msmnyc.edu.

There will be a mandatory orchestra meeting following the auditions, which all students must attend to receive information about their orchestra placement. The date and time of this meeting will be announced during the week of placement auditions.

String musicians

Please note that there is a second round of auditions for all principal chairs. For viola, cello and double bass the principal audition immediately follows the first round of auditions and is by invitation only. Concertmaster auditions will take place on a different date then the preliminary round and is by invitation only.


Nolan Robertson
Orchestra Manager
917 493 4503