Nouveau Pre-Conservatory Application
The CSO/CSYO Nouveau Pre-Conservatory program provides an intense multi-year program for students who play an orchestral instrument. Nouveau Pre-Conservatory is open to students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in orchestras including Black, African-American, and Latino students.

The application process consists of the following stages:
1) Completed online application
2) Two letters of reference
3) Submission of a performance tape (audio files can be attached to this application. A YouTube link can also be provided with this application form)

Applications must be submitted by April 15.

An application will not be considered as complete until your two letters of reference have been received. Recommendations can be emailed directly from the reference to:

or mailed to:
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Nouveau Program
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati OH 45202
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