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NexGen Youth Orchestra gives young musicians the opportunity to work on fully staged musicals with other talented young artists, and to work alongside musical directors in the industry.


At NexGen Youth Theatre, we believe in creating opportunities for young people in every aspect of the theater industry. For our fully-produced Spring and Fall MainStage productions, we audition young musicians (high school through college) to be a part of our NexGen Youth Orchestra.


The types of instruments and number of musicians vary from show to show. These musicians get the experience of the fast-paced rehearsal process in the world of musical theater, and get to work with a professional Music Director who frequently works with, and hires, musicians in the professional world.

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Spring MainStage Production of RENT

Submission Deadline: Sunday June 19th


Jonathan Larson's iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon, with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

PLEASE NOTE: We are requesting proof of vaccinations for anyone joining the program. All staff members, students, and interns involved with the production will be fully vaccinated. For any questions or concerns, please reach out at


Rehearsals and performances will take place at Theatre Row (410 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). The orchestra rehearsals will mostly occur during our tech week in the theater (afternoons/evenings June 27th-30th), with 4 performances from July 1st - 3rd. One band rehearsal might be scheduled the week before tech, but it is the musician's responsibility to study their music on their own time. Availability will be asked on your audition form.


To audition, find the appropriate instrument in the breakdown below, and click on it. That will then download sheet music for one or two songs we would like to see recorded. This can be done very simply (with a phone camera is fine), and then uploaded to either Google Drive, Dropbox or a private YouTube link. Once the video is uploaded, please fill out the audition form below, and paste the link to the video there.

*NOTE*: Before auditioning, please be advised that musicians under the age of 18 will need parental consent to participate.


  1. Most instruments have two excerpts to prepare. The saxophones only have one each, as do the keyboard, guitar, banjo, and steel guitar.

  2. You only have to play the measure numbers specified next to the listed side(s) (see above).

  3. Certain parts are written so that one person plays multiple instruments (i.e. Clarinet/Saxophone, Guitar/Banjo/Steel Guitar). If you can play multiple instruments that is great, but not required.

  4. Your recording doesn’t necessarily need to be perfect. Some of these parts are rather challenging. Do your best.

  5. Listen to the Revival Broadway Cast Recording (1998) to give you an idea of each song’s feel and tempo.

  6. For the guitar part in Perfectly Marvelous, the chord voicings are poorly written. Use voicings that make sense to you.

Any questions, email

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