• Announcing the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

    Carnegie Hall announces the launch of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a major new initiative that will bring together the most talented young orchestral players from across the United States. Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, NYO-USA provides an opportunity for 120 exceptional young musicians (ages 16–19) from across the US to come together with their peers, supported by a faculty of leading professional orchestra musicians and a different celebrated conductor each year, for a two-week intensive musical residency, followed by an international tour to top music capitals around the world. 

    World-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the orchestra in its inaugural year. Students will come together to create  NYO-USA, the first US national youth orchestra in recent history, from June 30 through July 23, 2013. Following a rigorous two-week training residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, Mr. Gergiev will conduct the orchestra in its debut performances at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, followed by an exciting international tour spanning Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London, with a program to include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.

    “I look forward to getting to know many new, gifted musicians—sharing ideas, learning together, and going on a cultural journey.”

    —Valery Gergiev, inaugural conductor for NYO-USA

    “I was very excited to be asked to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in its first year,” said Maestro Gergiev, who is also music director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as founder and artistic director of several major international music festivals. “I think every youth orchestra around the world is very important, and I expect that the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, in particular, will be very highly accomplished, both technically and artistically. I look forward to getting to know many new, gifted musicians—sharing ideas, learning together, and going on a cultural journey, discovering new places. For students, I expect playing in NYO-USA will be an honor, a challenge, a pleasure, and an unforgettable experience not to be missed.”

    Tour dates, venues for all cities, and complete concert program will be announced in early 2013. Due to ongoing construction, NYO-USA will first perform at Carnegie Hall in summer 2014. Musicians are invited to apply to this tuition-free program, which is designed to shine a light on the extraordinary talent of young American instrumentalists, offering each NYO-USA member a life-changing musical and cultural experience as they develop their musical skills, receive training at the highest professional level, and travel abroad, serving as musical youth ambassadors for the US.

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