ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR THE 2017 JAPAN TOUR!  COME JOIN OUR ORCHESTRA AND EXPERIENCE LIFE IN JAPAN FOR 3 WEEKS ON AN ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP.  EARN A $2500 SALARY, AND MAKE FRIENDS THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017.

Available spots:    Violin-Viola-Cello-Bass-Flute-Oboe-Clarinet-Bassoon-Horn-Trumpet-Timpani/Percussion

What is the NYSE? 

 The New York Symphonic Ensemble is a professional level orchestra comprised of residents under the age of 30 from New York City.  We are under the direction of Maestro Mamoru Takahara who founded this orchestra in the 1980s.  Maestro Takahara is a former student of Leonard Bernstein in the 1970s and worked under Bernstein’s tutelage at the New York Philharmonic.  The NYSE has been touring Japan every summer for the last 31 Years!  As a young and vibrant orchestra, we get to share music with our loyal Japanese audiences as part of a cultural exchange.  Our investors are devoted to providing young, talented, and aspiring professional musicians from across American a chance to experience Japan while gaining paid professional experience.  This year, we are happy to open our audition process to musicians between the ages of 18-30 from ALL across the United States.  We’re here to answer any question you may have.  Please feel free contacting us anytime at the following email address:  nysejapantour@gmail.com

When is the tour?

The NYSE 2017 Japan tour takes place from July 5th-July 25th, 2017.  This includes travel days to and from Japan.  There will be a day of rehearsal in NYC before departing, and our departure for Japan will be on July 6th.  These dates are subject to change (as well as our payment rate) as our tour dates and concerts are still being finalized.  

Did you say paid professional experience?

Yes!    You will be paid a total fellowship salary of $1500 for the entire tour ($500 per week for 3 weeks).    In addition, you will receive a daily meal allowance, “per diem”, of $50 for each day of the tour (Total per diem $1000).  So, your total payment this summer would be $1500+1000= $2500. 

Are my expenses covered?

Yes!  Your flights, hotels, and ground transportation are ALL included.  We stay at first-class hotels throughout Japan, and our musicians are treated with the utmost respect anywhere we go.  From time to time, you will receive complimentary meals.  Of course, you would have to pay for expenses incurred such as visiting Japanese tourist sites on your own.  Please note:  If you are selected to tour with the NYSE, you must apply for a form 8802 with the IRS.  This is a declaration that you are a resident of the United States, and obtaining this form helps to acquire the required work visa you will need in Japan.  There is an $85 fee associated with this form that you must pay to the IRS.  The NYSE is not responsible for this fee, though we are happy to help assist you in applying for this.  You MUST apply for this form if selected. 

Furthermore, for musicians accepted from outside of the NYC area, you will be responsible for providing your own travel expenses to and from NYC before and after the Japan tour.  During the rehearsal period (usually 1-2 days) in NYC prior to our departure to Japan, you will be responsible for providing your own room and board.  While you will be paid for the rehearsal day(s) in NYC, the NYSE does not reimburse any musician for expenses related to travel/room/board while in NYC. 

What’s our daily schedule like?

Usually we have either a concert day or a travel day.  Sometimes both mixed together!  It’s a tour so our schedule keeps us on our toes!  Don’t worry, though, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy tourist sites and eat a lot of delicious meals.  Typically, on a travel day we’ll depart in the morning and arrive at our new city by afternoon.  Once we check in at the hotel you might have the rest of the day free, or we'll depart for our next engagement.  On a concert days, you might have the morning and/or afternoon free.  There will be a soundcheck at the hall (usually walking distance or a short bus ride away) a couple hours before the concert. 

 

What are the requirements for eligibility? 

Our musicians are selected from a pool of musicians who send in a video audition and an application form.  You will be screened on the basis of your musical presentation.  The only outside criteria we consider are these requirements: 

1) You must be between 18-30 years of age on January 1st, 2017. 

2) You must be a current resident in the United States (citizen, green card, student visa, work visa, etc). 

3) You must be a current student of a music program or have graduated from a music program.   Please note that we will also accept entries from musicians who are in high school, but must be 18 years of age who have aspirations of entering a career in music(performance, education, production, etc). 

4) You must submit a complete application and audition video by February 15, 2017.  

Available spots:    Violin-Viola-Cello-Bass-Flute-Oboe-Clarinet-Bassoon-Horn-Trumpet-Timpani/Percussion

I’m an International Student or Resident?  Can I still audition? 

YES!  Please do apply.  The NYSE welcomes you to audition as long as you have the necessary paperwork to show your status in the USA.  This includes visa, green cards, I-20, I-94, or whichever paperwork status applies to you.  PLEASE NOTE: If selected, you will be required to prove your resident status and ability to travel to and from the USA. 

Is it easy to audition?  How long does it take? 

Auditioning for the 2017 NYSE Japan Tour takes only 20minutes.  You’ll need to fill out a short application form and record a short video audition.  You can do everything within 20 mins!  Click below this line to find out more about auditioning:  

Is there an application fee? 

Yes.  There is a small application fee of $25 to apply for this audition.  This fee helps to cover the administrative costs of auditioning and is non-refundable.  You can easily pay this fee online via Paypal (using the Paypal account email nysejapantour@gmail.com) or send a check by mail.  Note that you do not need a Paypal account to make a payment on Paypal.  If you still wish to send a physical check, you may do so as well.  

How should I fill out the Application Form?

Simply open the Application Form directly from our website page located here on website page entitled “Audition Right Now”. 

 

What pieces should I record for my audition?  

You can visit our "Audition Right Now" page for everything you need to know including sheet music.  Basically, you'll be playing a few minutes from a standard concerto as well as 3 excerpts (Percussionists have 5 excerpts).  Click on the button below for more information: 

 

How should I record the audition?

You can record your audition video using the recorder linked to our website.  From the “Audition Right Now” page on this website, you will be directed to a video recording page.  You will be able to record, replay, and rerecord (if you choose) your audition before you submit it for NYSE review. If you use our video recording page, we highly recommend that you do so using your smart phone as the visual and audio quality will be much better than using your laptop!   

You can also choose to record an audition video yourself.   If you record the audition yourself, you'll simply upload the audition video to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo, or any video sharing site.  After uploading, email us a URL of your posted video.  You can use professional grade equipment, or just your phone.  You must record continuously.  We hope to simulate a live audition during your recording!  Spliced or edited videos will immediately be disqualified. Be sure to check the quality of your recording before sending it in.  Use the following order for making your recording. 

You can find out which excerpts to record from our “Audition Right Now” page on our website.   You’ll find repertoire lists as well as sheet music available for download. You will also find specific information on how to record your audition now (using our website video recorder or recording on your own).  For the purpose of this FAQ, here is some simple information regarding your audition video:  

 

HOT TIP:  Use your phone (instead of laptop) to video record your audition.  You'll get much better results in audio/video quality.  

                                                                            RECORDING BASICS:

                                                                1. State your name, age, and say:

                                                                    "This is my audition for the 2017 NYSE Japan Tour". 

                                                                2.  Record your solo (do not use an accompanist)

                                                                3.  Record your required excerpts

                                                                4.  Test recording playback for quality audio content.

                                                     5. If you did NOT use our website to record your audition:  please                                                                         upload file to video sharing website like YouTube. 

                                                           Be sure you have made your video public, unlisted,  or give our email                                                             address  access to your video.  Be sure your video is not listed as private.

                                                                6.  Email us a  link to your uploaded video to this address:                                                                                                 nysejapantour@gmail.com

 

Your video audition must be received by February 15th, 2017

 

Which orchestral works will be performed on next summer’s Japan tour?

While our repertoire is still being finalized, we will be performing a fair amount of music from the Classical Era such as a Beethoven Symphony, a Violin concerto TBD, and many standard classical works for chamber orchestra.

                 

Is there anything else I should know about the tour?

There will be 4 professional musicians joining the tour to perform with the orchestra.  These four musicians are seasoned professionals who have been handpicked by our director, Mamoru Takahara.  They will function as “mentors” for the younger musicians, helping to lead their sections, and provide insight into what’s it like on a daily basis for classical musicians.  Also on board will be a crew of assistants to the director.  They will help with the day-to-day operations of running a tour.  There is also a personnel manager on board who will announce and email our schedules, changes, and will be on call to answer any question you have at any point during the tour. 

 

Can I invite my friends to audition?

Absolutely.  We welcome you to forward the audition flyer, website address, and any pertinent information to ALL your friends, teachers, and colleagues who may be interested in this fantastic opportunity.    

 

NYSE Audition Checklist

1.     Complete an Application Form and pay the Audition fee

2. Make an audition video

3.     Audition deadline:   February 15th, 12.a.m.(est), 2017

4.     Contact nysejapantour@gmail.com at any time!

 

We look forward to hearing from you soon!  Good luck on your audition!  Be sure and forward this website address to any of your friends and musician colleagues who might be interested in joining the tour!  Here is our tour schedule as of now:  

 

JULY 5     REHEARSE IN NEW YORK CITY

JULY 6     DEPART FOR JAPAN

JULY 9     CONCERT IN SENDAI

JULY 13    CONCERT FUKUOKA SYMPHONY HALL

JULY 16    CONCERT IN OKINAWA

JULY 17    CONCERT IN OKINAWA

JULY 19    CONCERT IN NAOSHIMA

JULY 20   CONCERT IN KANNONJI

JULY 21    CONCERT IN TAKAMATSU

JULY 22   CONCERT IN SHIGA

JULY 24   CONCERT IN TOKYO

JULY 25   RETURN TO NEW YORK CITY

Ready to Audition now?  Click below: