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NYO-USA Week 1: The Residency Begins

Don't miss a thing during the 2015 NYO-USA residency and tour. Use these weekly recaps to get back up to speed on blog entries, photos, videos, or social media posts that you may have missed the first time around.

Musician Bloggers

Wu Helen - Violin


Helen Wu, Violin

This year, over one-third of the orchestra is made up of members who have participated in either or both of NYO-USA's first two seasons. As one such alumna, violinist Helen Wu reflects on the importance of youth orchestras to her development and looks forward to the orchestra's upcoming tour of China.
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Pak Faith 2 - Viola


Faith Pak, Viola

Violist and returning NYO-USA member Faith Pak describes how she came to learn of the close relationship between story and music in Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, which she will perform with the rest of the 2015 orchestra on this year's tour. She also recalls last year's experience working with conductor David Robertson, which taught her to look for inspiration in the stories behind the music she plays.
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Vazan Chris - Apprentice Conductor


Christopher Vazan, Conducting Apprentice

A new feature of the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America is the addition of conducting apprenticeships, and this year two young musicians have been selected to fill these new roles within the orchestra. One of those is first-time NYO-USA member Christopher Vazan, who has ambitions to pursue a career as a professional conductor. He explains that his desire to "feel ... music in its entirety" has decided his intended career path.
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Trotter Mark - Horn


Mark Trotter, Horn

Hornist and former high school football player Mark Trotter’s fascination with Chinese culture adds to his anticipation and excitement for this summer’s tour. Below, he recounts a recent experience that brought him closer to China without leaving his native Florida. Mark and the 113 other member of the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America start their journey on Saturday, June 27, when they arrive at the orchestra’s training residency at Purchase College, SUNY.
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A Preview of the Tour

NYO-USA: Another First

As members of the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America gather this weekend at Purchase College, SUNY, for their training residency, Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson previews the ensemble's third season.
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Clive Gillinson - NYO-USA

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Photos from the Residency

NYO Residency 2015-1 (1st batch) Jennifer Taylor
Early in the residency, the musicians got to have some fun while learning to work together during this movement workshop with choreographer Liz Lerman.

NYO Residency 2015-2 (1st batch) Jennifer Taylor
The musicians engage in a side-by-side rehearsal with NYO-USA faculty members.

NYO Residency 2015-3 (1st batch) Jennifer Taylor
Orchestra Director James Ross leads the orchestra in a rehearsal earlier this week.

US Concerts:

Friday, July 10 at 8 PM, Purchase College, SUNY
Saturday, July 11 at 8 PM, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

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