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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 Talent: David Green


A cultivator of unique and carnivorous plants

David Green, trumpet

NYO Talent: Simon Housner


Supertitle operator for opera workshops

Simon Housner, cello

NYO Talent: Akshay Dinakar


Maker of custom 3D-printed violins

Akshay Dinakar, violin

NYO Talent: Allison Park


Five-year Junior Olympic swimmer

Allison Park, cello

Bushara, Sarrah (Oboe)


ASCAP Morton Gould
Young Composer Award finalist

Sarrah Bushara, oboe

NYO Talent: David Horak


Four-year Junior Olympic fencer

David Horak, violin

USTA Power Tumbling National Champion

Kayla Cabrera, viola

NYO Talent: Edwina Xiong


Varsity dance team member

Edwina Xiong, viola

Mawrence, Alec (Tuba)


Newspaper editor-in-chief

Alec Mawrence, tuba

NYO Talent: Emma Shaw


Equestrian National Reserve Champion

Emma Shaw, horn

NYO Talent: Evan Jose


Published in the AACT’s
Chemistry Solutions periodical

Evan Jose, percussion

DeJarnette, Emma (Viola)


Winner of four consecutive
Science Olympiad State Championships

Emma DeJarnette, viola

NYO Talent: Kevonna Shuford


Top-10 shot-putter in South Florida

Kevonna S. Shuford, viola

NYO Talent: Fumika Mizuno


State and national competitor in racquetball

Fumika Mizuno, violin