• 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
    (NYO2)

    David Stephens
    Aidan Alcocer

    2) Avid road cyclist



    Aidan Alcocer, horn
    (NYO2)

    3) Plays veena, a classical South Indian instrument

    Shreya Narayan, flute
    (NYO2)

    4) Active gymnast



    Bethlehem Kelley, violin
    (NYO2)

    Bethlehem Kelley
    Edward Jung

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



    Edward Jung, violin
    (NYO2)

    6) Teaching assistant at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater



    Alex Koller, viola
    (NYO-USA)

    Alex Koller

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

    Jose A. Abdelnoor, violin
    (NYO2)

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

    Isabella Egawa, violin
    (NYO-USA)

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



    Tatia Slouka, bassoon
    (NYO-USA)

    Tatia Slouka
    Redd Ingram

    10) Has an ice-cream flavor named after him



    Redd Coltrane Ingram, bass
    (NYO-USA)

    Gabrielle Stanback painting

    11) Visual artist

    Gabrielle Stanback, violin
    (NYO2)

    12) Drum major in her high school marching band



    Hanae Yoshida, trombone
    (NYO-USA)

    Hanae Yoshida

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    13) Curates a foodie Instagram featuring school lunches @SwettyJonah



    Willie Swett, bass
    (NYO-USA)

    Rachel Martin

    14) 10-year member of Odyssey of the Mind

    Rachel Martin, bass
    (NYO-USA)

    15) Dressmaker extraordinaire



    Serena Shapard, violin
    (NYO-USA)

    Serena Shapard
    Drew Dansby

    16) Nationally ranked in competitive Scrabble tournaments



    Drew Dansby, cello
    (NYO-USA)

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