Music reflects, defines, and inspires humanity at every phase of life, from the hummed melodies of those who love us first, to the lyrical insights that unlock our teenage imaginations, to the soaring crescendos that evoke our deepest emotions. Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) invites everyone to harness the power of music to make meaningful differences in their lives, celebrate artistry in all its forms, and make connections with others. WMI believes that excellent musicians not only master their crafts, but use their talents to break down barriers and amplify the voices of all people.
At its core, WMI is a community of world-class musicians, aspiring artists, inspired storytellers, impassioned educators, and change agents of all ages and backgrounds who explore the capacity for music to transform lives and communities together. Whether they aim to excel as musicians, search for the words and inspiration they need to live their best lives, or support the artistic potential of others, all people are encouraged to add their voices to the WMI community.
“The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) is a program that is not only incredible, but also constantly evolving for the better. The number of times that I had to pinch myself this year to remember that I wasn’t dreaming—in the midst of traveling across the world and sharing the passion that I have for this art along with so many talented colleagues from across the country, all without paying a cent—is a testament to the incredible faith you have in the young musicians of this country.”
—Sophie Choate, NYO-USA Violist
Our range of free and low-cost music education and social impact programs extends far outside the walls of Carnegie Hall to reach more than half a million people each year across the United States and around the globe, supporting music learning at all levels. WMI’s community includes schools, orchestras, arts organizations, and government agencies that partner with Carnegie Hall to exponentially expand the reach of its work, creating local and global networks dedicated to the power of music.