We want to ensure that all eligible young musicians apply for the opportunity to take part in Scotland’s National Youth Orchestras. If you don't see an answer to your question below please do not hesitate to contact our Jazz Ensembles Manager, Jill Dykes by phone on 0141 332 8311 or via email at jilldykes@nyos.co.uk

What is the Closing Date for Applications?

The closing date for all applications is midnight on Friday 25 September 2020.

Do I Qualify?

If you are Scottish, or study either at school, university or conservatoire in Scotland, or have family ties in Scotland but live elsewhere, you are eligible. 

Am I good enough?

Our guidelines for the appropriate standard are as follows:

NYOS Jazz Summer School (aged 12-21)

Vocalists and instrumentalists who are comfortable on their instrument and share an enthusiasm for jazz. We welcome all levels to this course, including young people with less experience but who are keen to learn more and develop.

NB the Summer School is an intensive residential course with an emphasis on developing improvisation skills, and students must be aware of this.

NYOS Jazz Access (aged approx 13-18): 

Proficient on instrument with some experience of improvising. Vocalists also welcome.

NYOS Jazz Orchestra (aged approx 14-25): 

Minimum Level: ABRSM 6 (or equivalent) and MUST be a competent/experienced improviser. Vocalists also welcome.

I haven't sat the exam, can I still apply?

YES. Our eligibility guidelines are just that: guidelines. We don’t need to see any certificates but we do need you to make a realistic assessment of your potential.

May I apply on more than one instrument?

YES, but please complete a separate application form for each instrument.

What will I have to prepare?

Please find more information about what to prepare here

Where will auditions take place?

In lieu of attending a live audition, due to COVID-19 all applicants are asked to submit an audition video of the required audition pieces/excerpts. Once we have received your application form, you will be emailed instructions with a copy of the Recording Guidelines and the video submission date.

For Leader positions, we may require an additional live audition (either live or via video call subject to the social distancing and government guidelines at the time)

When will I hear about the result of my audition?

Results will be emailed to all applicants in December 2020 once all the submissions have been considered and any additional auditions have taken place.

What are the course dates for 2021?

Please find the course dates for all jazz courses here.

What are the annual membership fees?

Details of the annual membership fees for each orchestra can be found here

Is there financial support available?

Yes, no student who successfully auditions for any NYOS ensemble will miss out due to financial circumstances.

Please click here to see details of the payment options available

Click here for further details regarding financial assistance

Further Information

If you still have questions please do not hesitate to contact Jazz Ensembles Manager, Jill Dykes, by phone on 0141 332 8311 or via email at jilldykes@nyos.co.uk