NYSSSA is comprised of seven residential schools offer training in the specific disciplines of ballet, choral studies, dance, media arts, orchestral studies, theatre and visual arts. Each program runs for 4 weeks and all students reside on our host college campuses during this period. NYSSSA artistic staff are internationally acclaimed performing and visual artists. Our schools partner with artists from performing arts companies and venues including the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Based at Skidmore College, The School of Orchestral Studies is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Orchestra and offers students the opportunity to work side by side with first-chair members of one of the finest symphony orchestras in the world. This knowledge is then applied in a full symphony orchestra which rehearses and performs some of the same repertoire as the Philadelphia Orchestra each summer. In addition, the SOS Orchestra performs a concerto with one of the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra as soloist.