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We are Back! Applications for NYOS 2022 are now open! Click here to apply now.


NYOS is delighted to announce that applications for 2022 courses are now open. Ensembles across our Classical (NYOS Junior, Senior and Symphony Orchestras) and Jazz (Jazz Access, Summer School and Jazz Orchestra) Pathways will once again meet in person to learn, collaborate, play, and perform in prestigious venues across Scotland.


We have been amazed by the adaptability and dedication of our young players in the face of unprecedented challenges over the past two years, however, we are thrilled to confirm that in-person courses and live performances will return in 2022. Our courses will offer Scotland’s most promising young musicians the opportunity to learn from world-class tutors, develop specialist jazz skills from an international network of renowned jazz musicians, and play under the baton of some of the most eminent conductors in the industry.


We would be extremely grateful if you could help us spread the word and forward this email on to anyone you think may find this of interest, and if any teachers would like to sign up to our mailing list to receive emails about applications directly, please click here.


NYOS Junior Orchestra is the first stepping stone on the NYOS Classical Pathway and an often-unique opportunity for our youngest players to experience playing in a full symphonic orchestra. After great success in our last live concerts in 2019, Junior Orchestra will once again perform an entire symphony in their summer concert (this year Borodin’s Symphony No.2). We will also be joined by a recent NYOS alumna as soloist in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1. We are thrilled that Natalia Luis-Bassa, who conducted our players with such flair and imagination in 2019 and led our digital courses in 2021, will return to conduct both concerts in 2022.


Other highlights of the 2022 season we see the NYOS Symphony Orchestra joined by saxophonist and BBC Young Musician 2016 finalist Jess Gillam and conductors Kerem Hasan, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, Jac van Steen. The NYOS Senior Orchestra will explore of the dark waters of Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead and NYOS Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NYOS Jazz program during their Autumn course.


Further information about the courses for all ensembles in the NYOS Classical and Jazz Pathways can be found on our website at





Application closing date: Tuesday 28 September 2021


Fees and bursaries: It is free to audition for NYOS and the NYOS bursary fund is available to help participants who find it difficult to meet the costs of the membership fees. Further information about the NYOS bursary fund can be found on our website at


Eligibility: Applications are invited from instrumentalists 25 and under with Scottish links i.e born in Scotland, living in Scotland, studying in Scotland or with Scottish Family.




NYOS will place successful classical and jazz applicants in the relevant ensemble according to their ability. There is no cost to audition for NYOS. If you have any questions or require further support with your classical or jazz application, please contact the NYOS Ensembles Team via email at


We would be extremely grateful if you could help us spread the word and forward this email on to anyone you think may find this of interest.

With best wishes

The NYOS Team


***In line with Government recommendations on Covid-19, the NYOS office remains temporarily closed and staff are working remotely from home. We will respond to emails as normal and voicemail messages will be passed to the relevant member of the team.***



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