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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 Rosario Galante on April 5, 2013 at 9:36am
Comment by Emily Glazier on April 1, 2013 at 9:42pm

Does anybody know when the NYO-USA orchestral excerpts are coming out? It said that they would be out by 4/1, but last year's excerpts are still up. Thanks!

Comment by Elizabeth on March 13, 2013 at 5:48pm

@Paul I figured it was in Europe, most likely England-area.

Finally! I wish that the age was lower though! Im only 13, so i guess i have to wait a few years before auditioning :(

will they broadcast the NYO concerts? Id love to watch them play! its so inspiring to watch other youth orchestras around the world!

Comment by Paul MacAlindin on March 13, 2013 at 5:11am

The first National Youth Orchestra was the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, founded in 1946. NYAW

You can find a list of all of the main ones at:European Federation of National Youth Orchestras

USA is joining the global family this year (finally)!

Comment by Elizabeth on March 12, 2013 at 6:21pm

@Paul MacAlindin 

Well, i know that the first US was in seattle...

im guessing England or Germany or somewhere in europe

Comment by Jonathon Hampton on March 6, 2013 at 12:17pm

In this video, Maestro Harry Bicket discusses the development of period instrument performance during the past several decades. Anyone here play period instruments or have thoughts about them? 

Hear Handel, Vivaldi, and Porpora live tonight in our chat and broadcast! Ensemble Matheus performs from Carnegie Hall at 7:30 PM Eastern (Find Your Local Time). The Canegie Hall team will be here a little before to kick things off, so join us on the chat page!

Comment by Paul MacAlindin on February 17, 2013 at 1:24pm

What was the world's first National Youth Orchestra? Any guesses?

Comment by Paul MacAlindin on February 8, 2013 at 8:07am

Congratulations to everyone who made the effort to audition. At National Youth Orchestra of Iraq we're just completing our video audition process, and will send out our results mid-February. Out of 150 people who applied, we can only accept 46, much more modest than NYO USA. All our excerpts were from Mendelssohn SCottish Symphony! Good luck to everyone!

Comment by Joe Soucy on February 1, 2013 at 5:40pm

Congrats to ALL who auditioned!! There were SO many phenomenal musicians.  You guys are amazing!

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Comment by Joe Soucy on February 1, 2013 at 3:08pm

The total number of alternate musicians for NYO-USA is roughly the same as the size of the orchestra (120 players) and by instrument is proportional to the size of the section.



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