Carnegie Musical Exchange: Our Final Season and Future Directions

Since its founding in 2011, Carnegie Musical Exchange has grown to a community of over 4,000 musicians ages 13 and up, sharing their performances and compositions and participating in creative projects led by a host of teaching artists. We're proud of having provided such a vibrant platform for you, our membership. Over time, however, we have seen shifts in the ways young people engage with social networks online and in the ways Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute serves and engages with young musicians. And so we have been shifting our methods of serving you as well.


Since the completion and opening of the Resnick Education Wing, the Weill Music Institute has more opportunities to serve and engage with young musicians on-site at Carnegie Hall. The work done onsite has and will continue to be documented and shared online in new and inspiring ways, such as:

  • Master classes and workshop videos including a new series of “mini-masterclasses” called NYO-U created and produced by members and alumni of Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles. 
  • Young musicians working on-site at Carnegie Hall in the Future Music Project and Ensemble will share content across social media platforms about their creative process and musical inspirations, as well as performances and reflections with an ever-expanding audience online in the Fall of 2017.
  • The work of cultural exchange continues with our National Youth Ensembles who engage annually in cultural exchanges as they tour internationally in South America, Europe, and East Asia.


To best serve and engage with young musicians, Carnegie will be phasing out the Musical Exchange community as of June 30, 2018, and will stop accepting new users on July 1 2017. We will keep the site online in read-only form for one year beyond that date, and provide FAQs on how current members can access and download your posted content for your records and future use; however, new educational content will not be published on the site after September 1, 2017.


Meanwhile, we cordially invite you to take advantage of the engaging free content we will continue to provide through our newer platforms and programs. Subscribe to our social media channels and our WMI in Action newsletter to keep up with current programing and activities of the Weill Music Institute. Eligible members of Musical Exchange are welcome to apply for seasonal multi-genre workshops, master classes, national youth ensembles, Future Music Project, and other education and community projects of Carnegie Hall. Current community members will be formally notified on June 30, 2017 and are invited to subscribe and participate in the relevant programs that reflect your interests. 


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



The Musical Exchange Team

NYO-U: Mini-Masterclasses to Watch Online Now

NYO-U is a collection of original mini-masterclasses on various music techniques and topics that are written and produced by NYO-USA musicians. Check out the latest NYO-U mini-masterclass "How to Knock Orchestral Playing out of the Park" featuring violinist and sports aficionado Serena Shapard giving her best tips for hitting a grand slam in orchestral playing. Watch more NYO-USA videos on YouTube.

Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Following a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers not only have the opportunity to play on the famed stage of Carnegie Hall but then embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, while serving as dynamic musical ambassadors. To learn more about NYO-USA, visit

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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