Auditions are open! Video auditions are held for all vacancies remaining after the analysis by the NJO artistic staff of the number of participants who are either NJO members or invited musicians who were selected for earlier cancelled projects. Although we prefer live auditions, we have had to opt for video auditions due to the risk of changes because of the measures surrounding COVID-19. Only for percussion and timpani, live auditions will be held instead of video auditions. Registration is possible up to and including 27 March. Keep an eye on this website and our social media (Facebook and Instagram) for updates!
You will find further information and the complete list of vacancies at our Vacancies page. Take a look at the upcoming projects under Programme and planning, including staffing and audition dates. Under How to prepare you will find all the information you need about auditioning. Information about the jury can be found on Jury and detaild about the procedure after the audition can be found on After the auditions.
How it works
Auditions for NJO projects are, under normal circumstances, held twice a year. In the autumn, live auditions for the NJO Winter Tour are held in the Netherlands and Belgium. The spring auditions for the NJO Summer Festival and Tour are normally held live in the Netherlands and Belgium and by video for students from elsewhere, but this year will take place entirely via video. Musicians who would like to audition for a position in one of the NJO orchestras should apply first via our Application portal. If you register for auditions you automatically accept the rules and regulations for auditions and membership. Please read these NJO audition and participation regulations (with effect from 3 November 2020) carefully before accepting.
If after analysing the available members and selected players from the Netherlands and Belgium any vacancies for the NJO Summer Festival are left, an extra round of video auditions (image and sound) may be held for musicians studying at European conservatoires outside of the Netherlands and Belgium. Please check Programme & planning for upcoming projects and audition dates.
In addition to auditions for NJO projects, NJO organises the first round auditions for the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). Please go to the EUYO page on this website for more information about the auditions for this orchestra organised by NJO.