Students accepted into TŌN must pass both artistic and academic requirements. It is not possible to play in The Orchestra Now without participating in the degree program.

Applications for 2018-19 will be available starting SEPTEMBER 19, 2017.

Application deadline DECEMBER 21, 2017.  Auditions will take place MARCH 23-25, 2018 at Bard College.


Admission to The Orchestra Now requires audition and academic review. The elements of the application are:

  1. Basic information
  2. Prescreening excerpts and a videotaped personal statement
  3. School transcripts
  4. TOEFL score (when applicable)
  5. 2 recommendations
  6. Short essay questions
  7. Live audition


The Orchestra Now will accept applications for the following instruments:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone*
  • Tuba*
  • Timpani and Percussion
  • Harp*
*Openings for these instruments are currently unconfirmed for 2018–19. Completed applications will be considered and applicants informed should an opening occur.