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NYO-USA and NYO2: Out of the Orchestra

This past February, 109 of the country’s brightest young musicians received an email inviting them to participate in the 2016 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). In March, 78 young musicians were invited to participate in the first season of NYO2, a two-week intensive summer training program that runs in conjunction with NYO-USA.

Collectively, these 187 young musicians hail from 41 states and Puerto Rico. Each is a talented musician, but their many accomplishments aren’t limited to music: The orchestras include numerous National Merit Scholarship Finalists, varsity athletes, and community volunteers. Many are also considering careers in a wide range of fields that include medicine, engineering, and politics. The players also have a number of unexpected accomplishments off the stage, a few of which are highlighted below.




Ranked 16th in California for solving the Rubik’s Cube blindfolded

Jonathan Chu, violin
(NYO-USA)


NYO Talent: David Green

 

A cultivator of unique and carnivorous plants

David Green, trumpet
(NYO2)

NYO Talent: Simon Housner

 

Supertitle operator for opera workshops

Simon Housner, cello
(NYO-USA)

NYO Talent: Akshay Dinakar

 

Maker of custom 3D-printed violins

Akshay Dinakar, violin
(NYO-USA)

NYO Talent: Allison Park

 

Five-year Junior Olympic swimmer

Allison Park, cello
(NYO-USA)

Bushara, Sarrah (Oboe)

 

ASCAP Morton Gould
Young Composer Award finalist


Sarrah Bushara, oboe
(NYO-USA)

NYO Talent: David Horak

 

Four-year Junior Olympic fencer

David Horak, violin
(NYO-USA)




USTA Power Tumbling National Champion

Kayla Cabrera, viola
(NYO-USA)


NYO Talent: Edwina Xiong

 

Varsity dance team member

Edwina Xiong, viola
(NYO2)

Mawrence, Alec (Tuba)

 

Newspaper editor-in-chief

Alec Mawrence, tuba
(NYO-USA)

NYO Talent: Emma Shaw

 

Equestrian National Reserve Champion

Emma Shaw, horn
(NYO-USA)

NYO Talent: Evan Jose

 

Published in the AACT’s
Chemistry Solutions periodical


Evan Jose, percussion
(NYO-USA)

DeJarnette, Emma (Viola)

 

Winner of four consecutive
Science Olympiad State Championships


Emma DeJarnette, viola
(NYO-USA)

NYO Talent: Kevonna Shuford

 

Top-10 shot-putter in South Florida

Kevonna S. Shuford, viola
(NYO-USA)

NYO Talent: Fumika Mizuno

 

State and national competitor in racquetball

Fumika Mizuno, violin
(NYO-USA)