Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
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If I'm a returning MYO member, do I need to complete an online application form/submit a video recording to audition for the 2021-2022 season?
Returning members do not need to complete an online application form or submit a video recording. They will be contacted by the MYO office directly regarding their placement for the 2021-2022 season.
Do I need piano accompaniment for the audition?
No. Auditions should be performed unaccompanied (a cappella). For Treble Choir video auditions, a piano accompanist is not required, but auditionees are welcome to sing along with a recording of their accompaniment (CD player or iPod) for their audition video.
What is NYSSMA?
NYSSMA refers to the New York State School Music Association’s manual of graded solos for adjudication. Comparable solos are listed with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut music educators associations.
What if I did not participate in NYSSMA events?
NYSSMA participation is not an audition requirement for MYO. The NYSSMA Manual of graded solos is used as a standard of pieces that are characteristic of certain levels of musical skill development. Solos not listed in the manual are also acceptable for a MYO audition. The adjudicator will make a determination as to the appropriate level of musical skill.
Do I need to prepare scales?
It is good to know your scales, but you will not be asked to perform them during your audition.
How long should my video audition be?
Video recordings should be no longer than 15 minutes in length including your personal introduction and solo.
Where are the Nassau rehearsals held?

Nassau Concert Choir, Nassau Lower Voices, and Nassau Senior Treble Choir rehearse at the First Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Nassau Chamber Chorale rehearses at the MYO Office on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM, and the Nassau Treble Choir rehearses at the MYO Office on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM.

The Nassau String Orchestra rehearses at Christ Church Episcopal Manhasset on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

The Nassau Concert Orchestra rehearses at Church of Our Saviour Lutheran Manhasset on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

The Nassau Symphony Orchestra rehearses at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Glen Cove on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

The Nassau Principal Orchestra rehearses at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Sea Cliff on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

Where are the Suffolk rehearsals held?

The Suffolk MYO Choirs rehearse at Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School on Thursday evenings, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM*. (*Actual end-time varies by ensemble)

The Suffolk String Orchestra rehearses at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook on Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

The Suffolk Symphony Orchestra and the Suffolk Principal Orchestra both rehearse at Patchogue-Medford High School on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

Is there a progression from one MYO ensemble to the next?
We try to maintain a skill level and age level balance in each of the instrumental ensembles.  The normal progression through orchestras begins with String, then Concert (in Nassau County only), Symphony, and Principal Orchestras.

Choral members are currently placed in their ensembles by age and grade level, except for the Nassau Chamber Chorale, which is by audition and for 11th and 12th grade members only.

Is regular attendance important?
Attendance at MYO rehearsals is critical and members must make a serious, personal commitment to attend all rehearsals and concerts prior to joining.
What are the costs associated with MYO Membership?
MYO is a tuition-based program. Tuition for the 2021-2022 season varies by ensemble and is based on the length of the weekly rehearsals and the number of guest coaches. Please see our MYO Fees page for more information.

Have additional questions? Feel free to contact us by phone at (516) 365-6961, or by email at