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Meet the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America


Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together 120 of 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 embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world and serve as dynamic musical ambassadors. Summer 2014 will feature a coast-to-coast US tour with dynamic conductor David Robertson and virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham.

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NYO-USA: Preparing Your Audition Video

Started by Sam Livingston Oct 2, 2013.

What's on your stand this season? 8 Replies

Started by Elizabeth. Last reply by Jesse Lynn Duncan Oct 8, 2013.

Preparing Your NYO-USA Audition?

Started by Joe Soucy Sep 23, 2013.

Viola Players

Started by Vishnu Ramankutty Jul 12, 2013.

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Comment by Jonah Verdon on December 1, 2015 at 12:54pm

Hi, Orchestra Group! This is a really cool use of technology to give you the feeling of being on stage at performances all over the world. It is Carnegie Hall's new partnership with Google Cultural Institute - it's worth checking out for sure!! 

Comment by Claudia Friedlander on July 14, 2014 at 3:19pm

Terrific post on the orchestral audition process: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-classical-auditi...

Comment by Tim Fehling on March 9, 2014 at 10:26pm

LOTR "The Bridge of Khazad-dum" MIDI file attached.

Hello Orchestra Group!

I have a fun & educational exercise I'd like to share, to hopefully inspire you to try something similar. Awhile back, I decided to do a mock-up of the song "The Bridge of Khazad-dum" from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack (copyright 2001. Reprise Records).

It was a wonderful learning experience and made me realize how incredibly well orchestrated film music can get (as well as modern pop music and some rock too). What I did was carefully listen to the original .mp3 dozens of times, and gradually piece together all the different notes, harmonies, etc. for the different orchestrations (Strings, Horns, Timpani, Choir, ...). I recommend it to everyone to attempt to "re-create" an already existing, professionally recorded & mixed song. At the least, it really helps you develop your ear.

I've attached 2 files and a link, for you to use, enjoy, experiment with, learn from...however you like.

1) LOTR Bridge of Khazad Dum mp3 mock up (my attempt at re-creating the original song, using virtual instruments. It's definitely not the best mock up. You can really tell how much more POWER, AIR and DYNAMICS come from live, professional recordings).

2) LOTR Bridge of Khazad Dum mock up MIDI (the file includes the regions and tempo mapping from my project, and it should align almost perfectly with the original song, 5:57). Any modern DAW you use should be able to open it and import the info.

3)  Link (http://www.amagpiesnest.com/): The webpage I used to determine the various Choir chants and lyrics.

Enjoy and good luck! I hope you decide to try the same with one of your favorite songs. It's a great learning experience!

LOTR Bridge of Khazad Dum mp3 mock up

LOTR Bridge of Khazad Dum mock up MIDI

Comment by Joe Soucy on March 3, 2014 at 1:58pm

Hi Andrew! The roster will go live on our website in just over an hour. Stay tuned!

Comment by Joe Soucy on February 7, 2014 at 2:23pm

Sorry for the confusion, Shahnnon! All applicants will be e-mailed today.

Comment by Shahnnon Hawkins on February 7, 2014 at 2:21pm

Do you think there will be an email as well, or a letter only? I'm away from my place of residence at the moment.

Comment by Joe Soucy on February 7, 2014 at 2:01pm

Hi Jackie! All applicants will receive a letter today, most likely within the next two hours.

Comment by Jackie Vaught on February 7, 2014 at 1:44pm
When will NYO-USA 2014 applicants be notified of their status?
Comment by Jackie Vaught on July 2, 2013 at 8:11pm
For the NYO-USA audition can we reuse the same solo video that we sent in last year? I really liked how I played my solo, but I would of course have to record the new excerpts.
Comment by Amanda Schmitz on June 7, 2013 at 11:14pm

I wish so badly now that I am not "too old" to audition. I should have just auditioned anyways, because it would have been my last opportunity, as I turn 19 this summer, and I am not technically a performance major in school. (I saw the loophole there.) Best of luck to anyone auditioning for the next one!!


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