Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Young Music Makers series?
Each spring for more than two decades, schools from throughout the US present their concert bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles, choirs and choruses on Lincoln Center’s outdoor plazas as part of Lincoln Center’s Young Music Makers. Performances by the school groups are free to the public and usually occur around lunchtime, when the plazas are crowded with visitors and neighborhood workers. Lincoln Center provides the venue, chairs, and electricity if needed. Schools bring their own instruments and sound equipment.
This program is provided as a courtesy for visiting schools from outside the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area who have confirmed plans to take a tour of Lincoln Center. The tour component is optional for schools within the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area.
We are eager to expand this opportunity to the even larger numbers of developing musicians of New York City and hope to hear from more NYC Music Educators soon!
Whom do I contact to reserve my date and time for the performance?
What types of groups can perform in this program?
Middle- and high-school-aged vocal, orchestral and band ensembles from public and private schools are eligible to register.
Are there auditions for Young Music Makers?
No, the program is not adjudicated and is open to all eligible ensembles, subject to the availability of dates.
What is the cost of participating in Young Music Makers?
There is no charge for participation. This program is provided as a courtesy for visiting schools from outside the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area who have confirmed plans to take a tour of Lincoln Center. The tour component is optional for schools within the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area.
How can we schedule a tour of Lincoln Center for our students?
To schedule a group tour, contact Nathan Vernon at email@example.com.
Where are these performances located?
Depending on the time chosen and size of the group, the performance will be on one of the outdoor plazas on the Lincoln Center Campus, such as the Josie Robertson Plaza or Hearst Plaza.
Is there a size restriction for the groups?
We have had ensembles as small as 10 students and as large as 150 students. The size of the ensemble may impact which plaza locations are available. If you are concerned about the size of your group, please make a note in your registration form.
When does Young Music Makers occur?
Performances occur on weekdays between mid-March and early June. The specific dates differ each year.
How many schools may a tour company book for performances in Young Music Makers?
There are a limited number of available dates and times for Young Music Makers; because of this we must limit tour companies to three schools each season.
What is provided by Lincoln Center for the performance?
Lincoln Center provides the venue and chairs. Transportation, stands, musical instruments, sound equipment, chaperones, and refreshments/meals must all be provided by the school.
Where is the closest parking?
There are places to load and unload on 62nd Street and 65th Street. We do not have reserved parking for buses. There is a parking garage on the Lincoln Center Campus for cars. Rates and information can be found on the Lincoln Center website.