WYA Chamber Orchestra Auditions Young Musicians

Spring 2010: WYA Chamber Orchestra Auditions Young Musicians


WYA invites violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists (under age 21), to audition for the WYA Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string ensemble of 10-20 musicians from around the world.  


Selected musicians will have the opportunity to:

  • Compete for solo opportunities
  • Perform at the United Nations and other prestigious international venues
  • Collaborate to prepare standard repertoire and premiere the works of young composers  

Purpose:  To gather young cultural ambassadors who seek to inspire international cooperation by highlighting the fundamental ideas that empower diverse cultures to find effective solutions.  The WYA Chamber Orchestra seeks musicians who wish to support WYA’s commitment to the inalienable dignity of the human person as the foundation for every human right.  To read and sign the WYA charter, please visit www.wya.net/charter/index.html.  


Audition requirements: All applicants must prepare the first movement of a concerto from the standard repertoire as well as a contrasting selection.  Auditions will be 10 minutes in length and will be followed by a brief interview.  No accompaniment is required and a warm-up room will be provided prior to all audition appointments.  


For questions regarding audition requirements, please email alexis@wya.net.


Live auditions:  The first round of live auditions will occur in New York City from May 10th-June 30th 2010 at the WYA Headquarters (228 E. 71st Street).  To schedule a live audition, please email alexis@wya.net for further information.


Performances:  The WYA Chamber Orchestra’s debut performance will take place on Sunday, September 19th, 2010, at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan.  For information on purchasing tickets, please contact alexis@wya.net.


Tuition:  Full-tuition scholarships will be provided for all musicians selected to perform in the WYA Chamber Orchestra.  



Alexis Kende, WYA Director of Cultural Programs, will lead all WYA Chamber Orchestra rehearsals.  Alexis is a graduate in violin performance from the Juilliard pre-college program.  She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and went on to pursue graduate studies in violin performance and pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory.  


She currently performs as a member of The Kende Trio, a string trio she formed with her two younger sisters, and the Salome Chamber Ensemble, a chamber orchestra of young professionals that performs frequently in the greater NY area.   


For all inquiries regarding the WYA Chamber Orchestra, please contact Alexis Kende (alexis@wya.net).