• National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America


    In the summer of 2013, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute launches the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, an opportunity for the finest young players from around the nation to come together with their peers, a faculty of leading orchestral musicians, and a world-class conductor for an intensive two-week residency followed by a tour. NYO-USA will shine a light on the extraordinary talent of young American instrumentalists, showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of this group and offering each participant a life-changing musical and cultural experience.

    The orchestra will be conducted each year by one of the world’s leading maestros—Valery Gergiev in 2013 and David Robertson in 2014—and the participating musicians will be taught and mentored by a “dream team” of first-chair players from the most celebrated American orchestras.

    Carnegie Hall seeks applicants from across the country to represent all facets of America in what will be the country’s only national orchestra of its kind.

    NYO-USA is tuition-free for all participants, including room and board; all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities; and all costs associated with the concert tour. There is a $30 application fee, and invited musicians will be responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the New York City area. In cases of substantial financial need, an application fee waiver or travel stipend may be requested.


    The mission of NYO-USA is to foster the growth and development of the finest young musicians in the nation. The players will interact with fellow musicians from around the country and receive training and performance opportunities at the highest level. They will also represent the US at home and abroad during an annual concert tour to some of the world’s greatest concert halls.


    NYO-USA is open to all US citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) ages 16–19, excluding full-time music students. Musicians who wish to participate in 2014 will be asked to complete their application, which will include an audition video, by November 15, 2013. Please see the FAQ for more information about eligibility and application procedures.

  • National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America Lead Sponsor

    Lead Donors: Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and Marina Kellen French; Ronald O. Perelman; the Robertson Foundation; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

    Support for the inaugural tour has also been provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation; Yoko Nagae Ceschina; The Rockefeller Foundation; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; and Ann Ziff.

    Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.