Carnegie Musical Exchange: Our Final Season and Future Opportunities

Since its founding in 2011, Carnegie Hall’s Musical Exchange has grown into a community of over 4,000 musicians—ages 13 and up—who share their performances and compositions and participate in creative projects led by a host of teaching artists. We are proud to have provided you with such a vibrant platform. Over time, we have seen shifts in the ways young people engage with social networks online—as well as in the ways Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) serves and engages with young musicians—and have shifted our methods accordingly.

Since the opening of the Resnick Education Wing, WMI has had more opportunities to serve and engage with young musicians onsite at Carnegie Hall. This onsite work will continue to be documented and shared online in new and inspiring ways:

  • Videos of our workshops and master classes are recorded regularly, including a new series of mini–master classes called NYO-U that is created and produced by current members and alumni of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) and NYO2.
  • Young musicians participating in Future Music Project and the Future Music Project Ensemble will share content across social media platforms about their creative process and musical inspirations. They will also share performances and reflections with an ever-expanding audience online in the fall of 2017.
  • The work of cultural exchange continues with NYO-USA, which tours internationally each summer. Follow along on Facebook and YouTube.


To best serve and engage with young musicians, Carnegie Hall began phasing out the Musical Exchange community on June 30, 2017; stopped accepting new users on July 1, 2017; and stopped publishing educational content to the Musical Exchange website on September 1, 2017. We will keep a read-only version of the Musical Exchange website online for one year after July 1, 2017, and provide information about how current members can access and download their posted content for their records and future use.

Carnegie Hall invites you to take advantage of the engaging free content we will continue to provide through our more recent platforms and programs. Subscribe to our social media channels and WMI in Action newsletter to keep up with WMI’s current programming and activities. Eligible members of the Musical Exchange community are also welcome to apply for our national youth ensembles, Future Music Project, multi-genre workshops and master classes, and other education and community programs. Current Musical Exchange community members will be formally notified of the changes that are taking place on June 30, 2017, and are invited to subscribe to and participate in the WMI programs that reflect their interests.


We thank you for being a vital member of the Musical Exchange community, and look forward to your continued engagement, creativity, and growth in the larger Carnegie Hall education community.




The Musical Exchange Team

NYO-U: Mini-Master Classes to Watch Online Now

NYO-U is a collection of original mini-master classes on various music techniques and topics that are written and produced by NYO-USA and NYO2 musicians. Check out the latest NYO-U mini-master class "Avoiding Pain While Playing" featuring flute player Scott Quirk giving us stellar tips for avoiding pain while playing music. Watch more NYO-USA and NYO2 videos on YouTube.


Voice Studio: The Singer's Audition Handbook

The Singer's Audition Handbook has Been Revised!

The Singer's Audition Handbook is back with a brand new season of material, featuring blog posts by Claudia Friedlander. Check out her latest post, "Wrap-Up: Singing for Life," in which Claudia reflects on the past seasons updates. Throughout the summer and fall, Claudia has been revisiting the entire handbook, providing new perspectives, insights from professional singers, resources and opportunities from the community, as well as advice for how to have an excellent audition season. Keep checking back for Claudia's posts, and participate in the Voice Studio to get new tips, ideas, and direct feedback on your work and career! 

Joyce DiDonato Master Classes

Joyce DiDonato Master Classes at Carnegie Hall

On October 29-31, 2016, world-renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returned to Carnegie Hall's Resnick Education Wing to lead another series of master classes! You can now watch all three days of classes on

Information about the master classes can be found here. 


Past master classes with Joyce DiDonato are also available for viewing. Watch the webcasts from the 2015 and winter 2016 master classes, as well as workshops and master classes led by top artists from around the world in Carnegie Hall's Digital Library.


The Somewhere Project

In celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season, the Weill Music Institute is launching The Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of West Side Story. This unique creative learning project will engage people through events in all five boroughs of New York City, anchored by a large-scale production of West Side Story. However, you don’t need to be in New York City to participate in The Somewhere Project. An eight-part interactive companion course is available to users around the globe free of charge. You’ll learn about the history and social issues that inspired West Side Story; and get practical instructions from professionals on all facets of performance, including songwriting, dance, acting, audition preparation, and much more. 

The Somewhere Challenge:

We challenge you to create an original piece of music inspired by the song "Somewhere" from West Side Story. It could be a cover of the work itself or an original song that captures the spirit of the song—imagining a better world for us. Share your recording on social media with #SomewhereProject and we will add it to our gallery! If you're looking for inspiration, sign up for the full West Side Story Companion Course to hear Marin Alsop and others talk about the original work.

You can also share your responses to the Somewhere Project and this challenge in the Musical Theater and Songwriting groups to get feedback and help create new ideas! 


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