• NYO-USA and NYO2: Beyond the Stage

    This past February, 116 of the country’s brightest young musicians received an email inviting them to participate in the 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). In March, 78 young musicians were invited to participate in the second season of NYO2, a three-week, intensive summer training program that runs in conjunction with NYO-USA.

    Collectively, these 194 young musicians hail from 40 states and Puerto Rico. All members are talented musicians, but their many accomplishments aren’t limited to music: The orchestras include numerous National Merit Scholarship Finalists, varsity athletes, and community volunteers, and members are considering careers in a wide range of fields that include medicine, engineering, and law. The players also have a number of unexpected accomplishments off the stage, a few of which are highlighted below.

    1) Plays ice hockey on a nationally ranked AAA team that plays across the USA and Canada

    David C. Stephens III, viola

    David Stephens
    Aidan Alcocer

    2) Avid road cyclist

    Aidan Alcocer, horn

    3) Plays veena, a classical South Indian instrument

    Shreya Narayan, flute

    4) Active gymnast

    Bethlehem Kelley, violin

    Bethlehem Kelley
    Edward Jung

    5) Tennis player of nine years who is sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods

    Edward Jung, violin

    6) Teaching assistant at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater

    Alex Koller, viola

    Alex Koller

    7) YouTube star who plays electric violin with a loop pedal

    Jose A. Abdelnoor, violin

    8) Wrote a poem that was turned into a song that is now featured on Spotify

    Isabella Egawa, violin

    9) Avid mountain climber who has completed eight 14,000-foot mountains

    Tatia Slouka, bassoon

    Tatia Slouka
    Redd Ingram

    10) Has an ice-cream flavor named after him

    Redd Coltrane Ingram, bass

    Gabrielle Stanback painting

    11) Visual artist

    Gabrielle Stanback, violin

    12) Drum major in her high school marching band

    Hanae Yoshida, trombone

    Hanae Yoshida

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    13) Curates a foodie Instagram featuring school lunches @SwettyJonah

    Willie Swett, bass

    Rachel Martin

    14) 10-year member of Odyssey of the Mind

    Rachel Martin, bass

    15) Dressmaker extraordinaire

    Serena Shapard, violin

    Serena Shapard
    Drew Dansby

    16) Nationally ranked in competitive Scrabble tournaments

    Drew Dansby, cello

    Learn more about the summer 2017 seasons of NYO-USA and NYO2.