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Resident Assistants, National Youth Ensembles (NYO-USA, NYO2, NYO Jazz)

The Weill Music Institute
Full Time

Since 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence as the aspirational destination for the world’s finest artists. The Hall presents a wide range of performances each season on its three iconic stages, including concert series curated by acclaimed artists and composers; orchestral performances, chamber music, new music concerts, and recitals; and the best in jazz, world, and popular music. Complementing these performance activities, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute creates extensive music education and social impact programs that annually serve more than 800,000 people worldwide, playing a central role in fulfilling Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible.

Since its landmark building closed to the public in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnegie Hall has actively continued to serve its audiences in New York City and beyond through established and newly created digital initiatives. In April 2020, the Hall launched new online series—including Live with Carnegie Hall and Learn with Carnegie Hall—connecting leading artists and audiences digitally with original programming that has included music, conversation, and behind-the-scenes perspectives, streamed for free via the Hall’s website and social media channels. Most of the Hall’s core educational programming has also pivoted to digital throughout this period with innovative programs engaging with families, educators, community members, and aspiring young musicians at home through live, interactive workshops and sessions as well as free on-demand content.

The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs and online initiatives annually serve more than half a million children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area, across the US, and around the world.

Carnegie Hall seeks Resident Assistants for its three national youth ensembles (NYO-USA, NYO2 and NYO Jazz), programs of the Weill Music Institute. Just over 200 student musicians from a wide range of backgrounds chosen through a highly selective application/audition process participate in these tuition-free instrumental training programs, which in 2021 will take place at Purchase College, State University of New York.

These are temporary, full-time positions from June 23, 2021 through July 25, 2021 (inclusive).

RAs serve as crucial liaisons between students (ages 14–19) and programs staff, to enhance each student’s experience and to help ensure their physical and mental well-being. RAs will live alongside students for the duration of the program at Purchase College. Each RA will have direct responsibility for a group of 12-16 students for the duration of the program and is expected to assist program staff in conveying and implementing established policies, addressing student concerns, resolving conflicts, supervising recreational/social activities, and carrying out operational and production elements of the residency. RAs are asked to initiate response to emergencies, monitor and report on student behavior, maintain confidentiality of medical or other personal information. The implementation of COVID-19 protocols and policies, which will include an initial quarantine period, is a significant responsibility for the residence life team in 2021.


Bachelor’s degree and prior supervisory experience with teenage students (as a resident assistant, camp counselor, classroom teacher, or comparable). RAs should possess a high degree of personal responsibility, sensitivity to and interest in other people, and a proven ability to troubleshoot. Applicants should have excellent leadership and communication skills, along with the capacity to serve as positive role models. An active interest in jazz and/or classical music is strongly preferred.


Competitive weekly stipend, plus room and board, including travel expenses to/from Purchase College.

Carnegie Hall is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  Decisions concerning employment are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications to contribute to meeting Carnegie Hall’s needs, and Carnegie Hall is committed not to discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender expression or status of being transgender), sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, status as a caregiver, status as a victim of domestic violence or sex offenses or stalking, criminal convictions (except where otherwise permitted by law), arrest record, credit history, pregnancy, age, mental or physical disability, veteran or military status, reproductive health decisions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Carnegie Hall
Human Resources Department
881 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019–3219

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