Audition & musicians
The NJO National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands is open to musicians from 18 up to and including 26 years old who study at a music academy. Students at music academies in the Netherlands and Belgium and students with the Dutch nationality at music academies outside of the Netherlands can apply for a position in one or more projects of the NJO. Only if vacancies for the NJO Summer Festival and Tour cannot be filled will non-Dutch students from music academies outside the Netherlands and Belgium be given the opportunity to apply via a video audition. Applicants need to audition before they can be accepted as an NJO member. The NJO decides about placement of applicants, based on the advice of the audition jury and the NJO artistic management.
One of the most important goals of the NJO is to bridge the gap between music academy education of individual students and professional practice. The NJO offers music academy students an inspiring experience, creating and working together with the best conductors, coaches and other professionals. In addition to rehearsals, concerts and tours, we offer training and coaching on a wide range of topics such as musicological backgrounds, mental and physical health aspects (injury prevention), career development, entrepreneurship, profiling and marketing and more. Read more about talent development elsewhere on this website.