Audition & musicians
Memberhsip and auditions
The National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (NJO) is open to musicians who are at least 18 years old but less than 27 years old who study at a conservatoire. Students at conservatoires in the Netherlands and Belgium and students with the Dutch nationality at conservatoires outside of the Netherlands can apply for a position in one or more projects of NJO. Only if vacancies for the summer projects cannot be filled will non-Dutch students from conservatoires 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. NJO decides about placement of applicants, based on the advice of the audition jury and the NJO artistic management. Go to Programme and planning for upcoming projects and audition dates.
Bridge between conservatoire and professional practice
One of the most important goals of NJO is to bridge the gap between conservatoire education of individual students and professional practice. NJO offers conservatoire 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.