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Carnegie Hall Announces Teen Musicians Selected for NYO2 in Summer 2022

National Program Recognizes Outstanding Young Instrumentalists From Communities Across the Country, Ages 14–17

Young Musicians Participate in Training Residency in New York, Travel to Miami Beach for Five-Day Residency with New World Symphony Including Concert at the New World Center, and Perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City

Conductor Mei-Ann Chen Returns to Lead the Orchestra; Pianist Aaron Diehl Featured as Special Guest Artist

NYO2 Performs Works by Jessie Montgomery, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff

(NEW YORK, NY; March 22, 2022)—Carnegie Hall today announced the names of the 81 young musicians selected from across the country for NYO2, an intensive summer orchestral training program for outstanding American instrumentalists, ages 14–17. The members of NYO2 2022—coming from 27 US states including Puerto Rico—have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as exceptionally talented musicians who not only embody a very high level of artistry, but also come from a wide range of backgrounds, representing a future for American orchestral music that includes communities which have often been underserved by and underrepresented in the field. Fourteen musicians are returning to NYO2 from previous seasons. In addition, 33 musicians who previously took part in NYO2 have been accepted to the 2022 edition of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) this summer.

See below or click here for the names, instruments, and hometowns of the members of NYO2 2022.

The musicians of NYO2 return to Miami Beach for a five-day residency, made possible through a continued partnership with the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS). As part of their training, NYO2 players have the opportunity to work with NWS Fellows leading up to a performance at the New World Center led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen. The program includes Jessie Montgomery’s Soul Force, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major, with Aaron Diehl joining the ensemble as soloist. The New World Center concert will be made available to audiences everywhere through a free livestream.

Following their Miami Beach residency, NYO2 returns to New York for a culminating performance at Carnegie Hall on Monday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall concert will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 12. Tickets can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or at carnegiehall.org. Discounted student tickets are available online for verified Student Insiders only – all other youth tickets must be purchased at the box office or over the phone.

“We send our congratulations to the remarkable teen musicians who will come together as part of NYO2 as we look forward to another amazing summer of music-making,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “We are thrilled to return to Miami Beach to partner again with the New World Symphony, with NYO’s musicians working closely with NWS Fellows. It’s also exciting for us to welcome back conductor Mei-Ann Chen to lead the orchestra as well as to mentor these bright young players.”

The NYO2 program begins in mid-July with an intensive training residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, located just north of New York City. Joseph Young, Artistic Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Institute, returns as NYO2’s resident conductor, and the students also have the opportunity to work with James Ross, music director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. The faculty leads private lessons, master classes, chamber music readings, and other seminars on essential music skills in preparation for the culminating concerts in Miami Beach and New York.

NYO2 2022 Orchestra Roster

+ Prior NYO2 member
 

 

Alabama

 

Alyson Goodwin, Oboe

(Hoover)

Cuewon Kim, Viola

(Vestavia Hills)

Sydney Schneider, Violin

(Birmingham)

 

 

Alaska

 

Ashley Kim, Violin

(Anchorage)

 

 

Arkansas

 

Paxson Amy, Horn

(Conway)

John David Sharp II, Viola

(Lowell)

 

 

California

 

Loren Gigi, Violin

(San Francisco)

Huisun Hong, Cello

(Pleasanton)

Jaden Minjae Kim, Violin

(Irvine) +

Michelle Koo, Viola

(Palo Alto) +

Natalie Kwok, Cello

(Fullerton)

David Kwon, Oboe

(Diamond Bar)

T’Yara Lesueur, Viola

(San Diego) +

Carlos Morales, Cello

(San Diego)

Nathan Puopolo, Bass

(Fresno)

Spencer Quarles, Viola

(Los Angeles)

Kyle Yang, Violin

(Diamond Bar)

Daniel Yim, Cello

(San Jose)

Daniel Yoon, Cello

(San Jose) +

Jonathan Yuen,
Timpani & Percussion

(Fremont)

Jiin Yun, Cello

(Irvine)

 

 

Colorado

 

Jack Shimon, Trumpet

(Colorado Springs)

 

 

Florida

 

Robert Aguila, Violin

(Miami) +

Sarah Biesack, Violin

(Melbourne)

Branden Cabrera, Viola

(Miami)

Seth Corlew, Horn

(Jacksonville)

Ella Marchetti, Bass

(Tampa)

Angelina Santana-Herrera, Violin

(Miami)

TJ Shistle, Trombone

(Jacksonville)

 

 

Georgia

 

Kate Sunny Kim, Violin

(Marietta)

Tendekai Mawokomatanda, Bass

(Atlanta)

 

 

Hawaii

 

Celina Lim, Cello

(Honolulu)

 

 

Illinois

 

Zachary Allen, Oboe

(Skokie)

Airi Ito, Violin

(Elk Grove Village) +

Lisa Kazami, Violin

(Hoffman Estates)

Sophia Luong,
Timpani & Percussion

(Des Plaines)

Kevin Reyes Vega,
Timpani & Percussion

(Chicago) +

Wanye Williams,
Timpani & Percussion

(Chicago)

 

 

Indiana

 

Hayden Joyce, Horn

(Middlebury)

Calleigh Riordan, Bass Trombone

(Dyer)

 

 

Iowa

 

Michael Toben, Tuba

(Sioux City)

 

 

Maryland

 

Anderson Bernal, Bass

(Potomac) +

Jackson Bernal, Bassoon

(Potomac) +

Eleanor Ohm, Bass

(Bethesda)

Bianca Wilson, Bass

(Annapolis) +

 

 

Massachusetts

 

Kaitlyn Kaminuma, Violin

(Chelmsford) +

 

 

Michigan

 

Edwin Osorio, Trombone

(Ann Arbor)

 

 

Missouri

 

Caden Helmer, Alto Saxophone

(Blue Springs)

 

 

Nevada

 

Cassandra Valenti, Bassoon

(Las Vegas)

Audrey Lim, Viola

(Reno) +

 

 

New Jersey

 

Tiffany Chang, Clarinet

(Ridgewood)

Barak Dosunmu, Clarinet

(Moorestown)

Kai Freeman, Violin

(Haddonfield)

Juhee Kim, Viola

(Palisades Park)

Olivia Oh, Violin

(Fort Lee)

Sean Qin, Violin

(Short Hills)

Krystal Sun, Violin

(Closter)

Nicholas Yoo, Violin

(Ramsey)

 

 

New York

 

Santiago Del Curto, Clarinet

(Queens)

Sadie Goodman, Flute

(South Salem)

Diogo Muggiati-Feldman,
Trumpet

(New York)

Jaehyun Park, Violin

(Oakland Gardens)

 

 

North Carolina

 

Ryan Mash, Horn

(Durham)

Simon Vazques-Carr, Bass

(Durham)

 

 

New Hampshire

 

Adam Tang, Bassoon

(Exeter)

 

 

Ohio

 

Christy Kim, Violin

(Mason)

 

 

Oklahoma

 

Sophie Deng, Cello

(Stillwater) +

 

 

Oregon

 

Luke D’Silva, Viola

(Portland)

 

 

Pennsylvania

 

Julin Cheung, Flute

(Philadelphia)

Sophia Mina Jho, Harp

(Pittsburgh)

 

 

Puerto Rico

 

Antonio Avilés Figueroa, Violin

(Toa Baja)

Rafael E. Rodriguez Matos,
Trumpet

(Bayamón)

Virgilio Vázquez Vázquez, Violin

(Guaynabo)

 

 

Texas

 

Neha Bharadwaj, Horn

(Irving)

Charles “C. J.” Butera,
Timpani & Percussion

(Missouri City)

Ian Chen, Viola

(Plano)

Ayi Ekhaese Violin

(Sugar Land) +

Brandon Garza, Violin

(San Antonio)

Hanah Kim Violin

(Harker Heights)

Mia Nardi, Trumpet

(McKinney)

 

 

Virginia

 

Parv Gosai, Flute

(Ashburn)

 

 

 

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About NYO2
Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in summer 2016, NYO2 brings together outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 for a summer orchestral training program that culminates in exciting concerts at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere. 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. The program aims to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, particularly those who not only embody a very high level of artistry, but who also come from a wide range of backgrounds, representing a future for American orchestral music that includes communities which have often been underserved by and underrepresented in the field.

The inaugural season of NYO2 in 2016 culminated in a side-by-side concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, as well as a pop-up performance at the 23rd Street Armory alongside NYO-USA, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and local instrumentalists from the Philadelphia area. In summer 2017, NYO2 made its Carnegie Hall debut with Guerrero, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Grammy Award–winning bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding. In 2018, NYO2 partnered with the New World Symphony for a six-day residency in Miami Beach, with performances at the New World Center and Carnegie Hall led by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and featuring acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham. In 2020, the ensemble participated in an all-digital residency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the orchestra was able to gather at Purchase College, SUNY led by Mei-Ann Chen. The residency marked the first time that most young musicians had the opportunity to play in full ensembles since the start of the pandemic.

NYO2 is one of Carnegie Hall’s three acclaimed national youth orchestras, which also includes NYO-USA for outstanding classical musicians (ages 16–19), and NYO Jazz for the nation’s finest jazz instrumentalists (ages 16–19).

To learn more, visit carnegiehall.org/nyo2.

 

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Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Global Ambassadors: Michael ByungJu Kim and Kyung Ah Park, Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.

Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by Clarissa Alcock Bronfman and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Estate of Joan Eliasoph, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Major support for NYO2 is provided by the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation, Ronald E. Blaylock and Petra Pope, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the A.E. Charitable Foundation, Clive and Anya Gillinson, the Marc Haas Foundation, Beth and Joshua Nash, Melanie and Jean E. Salata, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.

Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.

With additional funding provided by Alphadyne Foundation, Sarah Arison, Ernst & Young LLP, Stella and Robert Jones, Martha and Robert Lipp, Andrew J. Martin-Weber, Lauren and Ezra Merkin, The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation, Linda Wachner, David S. Winter, and Judy Francis Zankel.

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

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