The University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program are delighted to announce a new joint initiative: the AYSP/UNM Apprenticeship Program.

This initiative will offer high-school seniors in the AYSP the opportunity to perform advanced repertoire with a collegiate ensemble – the University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra – after a period of coaching and rehearsals with University of New Mexico and Youth Symphony faculty. This experience will culminate in a concert with the UNMSO – the ensemble’s final concert of the 2022-2023 season- to take place at Cleveland High School on May 4th, 2023. This year’s Apprenticeship Program final concert repertoire will be Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Participants in this program may also be eligible for a music scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico upon undergraduate matriculation.


  • Incoming senior-level high school students currently enrolled in the AYSP

Audition Procedure

Interested candidates will submit the following materials in order to be made eligible for the experience:

  • A video recording of a performance of a solo work/concerto (or excerpt of the same) of no less than six (6) minutes in length, unaccompanied.
  • A video recording of a performance of your favorite two (2) minute excerpt of any of the AYSP music you’re currently rehearsing.
  • A statement, of 1-2 pages maximum, which describes the nature of your interest in the Apprenticeship Program: what are you looking to get from this experience?

Attendance Expectation
While participating in the Apprenticeship Program, all students are expected to maintain good standing with AYSP and attend all rehearsals of their respective ensemble. Repeated absences from AYSP will result in removal from the Apprenticeship Program.

Any questions should be emailed to both Dan Whisler at dan@aysmusic.org and Matt Forte at forte@unm.edu.


Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
PO Box 30961
Albuquerque, NM 87190