How do I join the NYJO Academy?

Our taster days welcome prospective students to visit and try out our non-auditioned Academy ensembles, meet staff and current students and possibly secure a place.

Prospective participants will sit in on an entire rehearsal alongside current NYJO Academy members. Students must come with their instrument and be willing to play. We’re particularly looking out for trombonists and bassists but all instruments are welcome.

We aim to give the opportunity for as many young musicians as possible to take part in the NYJO Academy but, as you can imagine, we can’t accommodate 27 drummers in a band! We’ll be in touch with everyone following the taster day to let you know if we can accommodate you or add you to our waiting list.

To register for a taster day, contact 

Busaries and Concessions

We feel strongly that no committed student should be excluded from music making opportunities purely because of finances. Therefore, we distribute a range of full and partial bursaries to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. Currently around 25% of our young musicians attend absolutely free.  To enquire about these, please email Claire, in confidence, at


For other Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

NYJO is committed to equal opportunities and zero tolerance to bullying. Download our equal opportunities statement here