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Connect with other orchestra musicians, share videos of your ensemble's performances, and check out other youth orchestras from around the world! You'll also get the inside track on Carnegie Hall’s plans for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, now entering its second season!

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NYO-U: Mini-Masterclasses by NYO-USA


NYO-U is a collection of original mini-masterclasses on various music techniques and topics that are written and produced by NYO-USA musicians.

Meet the 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and NYO2


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 comprehensive audition process and a three-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 to serve as dynamic music ambassadors. In 2017, the orchestra will travel to Latin America with conductor Marin Alsop and perform a program that includes a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Gabriela Lena Frank and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. The tour kicks off with the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall, continuing with stops in Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia. In 2018, NYO-USA will return to Asia for a tour with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.


In 2017, outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 come together to form NYO2, a summer orchestral training program with a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. Running in conjunction with NYO-USA’s annual summer residency at Purchase College, SUNY, NYO2 offers an opportunity for participants to play alongside exceptionally talented peers and learn from a world-class faculty. NYO2 aims to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, particularly those who will bring greater diversity to classical orchestral music and/or those who have not had access to highly selective training opportunities through major youth orchestra programs, summer festivals and camps, or similar experiences outside of their local community. NYO2 is free for all participants, including room and board, and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities.

As a central part of NYO2, participants have the opportunity to work closely with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, an organization with its own deep commitment to education and artist training. In July 2017, NYO2 will perform side by side with select members of The Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall led by Giancarlo Guerrero.

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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:

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 ( 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 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!!

Comment by Amanda Schmitz on June 7, 2013 at 11:12pm

Hi guys. I was planning to audition for NYO-USA 2013 but had too much going on and decided not to. I'm a music education major at Ithaca College; a violist. I play in the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra and the Ithaca College Gamer Symphony Orchestra. Pleasure to meet you all. My favorite 4 orchestras are the Philadelphia Orchestra, NY Phil, NY Pops, and the Seoul Philharmonic. My favorite composer for orchestral works is Tchaikovsky. :)

Comment by Lisa Fergy on April 17, 2013 at 3:55pm
Hi, My name is Lisa Ferguson and I am working on a film about my father, jazz musician Maynard Ferguson. Please take a look by following the link and help out if you want to. You can also join the Facebook page for the film at GET ON THE BUS! THE MAYNARD FERGUSON DOCUMENTARY. Thank you so much! Lisa Ferguson.


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