NSSO has openings for bassoon and percussion

 If interested please email nssorchestra@gmail.com


Rules and Regulations

Auditions are restricted to musicians graduating classes of 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
They must live in either Nassau or Suffolk County on Long Island and be legal residents of the United States.
Applicants must play one of the following instruments

  • Winds – Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, or Bassoon
  • Brass – Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, or Tuba
  • Strings – Violin, Viola, Cello, or Double Bass
  • Other – Harp, Piano, or Percussion


  • An application fee of $35 is required of all applicants. Checks should be made out to “Friends of NSSO”.
  • Applications with fee included must be received by NSSO, C/O Friends of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 419. Greenvale, NY 11548-0419 no later than February 15, 2019. Entrants will receive written or email confirmation upon receipt of their application.
  • Applications must be signed by the applicant’s current teacher.
  • Applications must be signed by the applicant’s parent or guardian.
  • First round auditions will be by unedited video using a single position camera and live accompanist, commencing with a clear, spoken introduction giving name and repertoire about to be performed.
  • Videos must have taken place after December 1, 2018 and are due February 15, 2019.
  • Submit videos either as You Tube links or private files shared via drop box.
  • Applicants are required to perform a concerto movement for solo instrument and orchestra in its entirety.  Performing from memory is not required.
  • All concertos must meet with the approval of NSSO’s Music Director and the Friends of NSSO. 
  • Finalists chosen to perform the final round open auditions will be notified by February 24th, 2019. The date, location, and hours of the final round are TBD.
  • Considerations for a specific times will be considered but not guaranteed.
  • Applicants must audition at their assigned time and location. Missed audition times cannot be considered.
  • Applicants must bring their own accompanist.
  • If selected as winner, the applicant agrees to perform his/her concerto movement with which he/she auditioned, with NSSO in Concert in June 2019.
  •  All NSSO concerts, programs, and repertoire are subject to change.  In the event NSSO has to postpone or alter the program of the June 2019 concert, NSSO will make every effort to reschedule the winner’s performance with NSSO.

For questions please contact email lastrait@verizon.net

Young Artist Award Winners
1993 – Inaugural Year

Anton Polezhayev – Sarasate Carmen Concert Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25

Xilun Chen, piano – Grieg Piano Concerto

Dan Bassin, trumpet – Haydn Trumpet Concerto

Adam Krauthamer, horn – Mozart Horn Concert No. 3
Dan Pellegrini, violin – Saint-Saens Violin Concert No. 3 in B minor 

1st Prize - Meena M. Bhasin, violin – Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor
2nd Prize – Nan Aomori, flute – Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major

Shane Helfner, oboe (oboe d’amore) – J.S. Bach Concerto in A minor

Sho Omagari, violin – Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 4 in D minor, Op. 31

Lukas Bentel, cello – Lalo Cello Concerto

Elizabeth Oh, piano – Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor

Harrison Li, piano – Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

Crystal Kim, cello – Elgar Cello Concerto (3rd movement)


​1st Prize -  Christian Verfenstein, piano - Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
2nd Prize - Alexandra Woroniecka, violin - Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2