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Young Musicians

The Weill Music Institute inspires artistic excellence in future generations of talent—from beginners to emerging professionals—by offering exceptional learning resources and opportunities for musicians to work closely with some of today’s leading artists. Learn how Carnegie Hall can help you share your voice with the world as a performer, artist, and leader of tomorrow.


Each summer, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA)—one of Carnegie Hall’s three national youth ensembles—brings together extraordinary instrumentalists for intensive training and performances with outstanding faculty and celebrated guest artists.

Ages: 16–19
Availability for Young Musicians: National
Season: Summer Program


NYO2—one of Carnegie Hall’s three national youth ensembles—is an intensive summer training program for outstanding young musicians. The program aims to expand the pool of musicians equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, particularly those from communities underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field.

Ages: 14–17
Availability for Young Musicians: National
Season: Summer Program

NYO Jazz

Gifted young jazz musicians come together as NYO Jazz—one of Carnegie Hall’s three national youth ensembles—to study with and perform alongside world-class jazz masters. Acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and educator Sean Jones serves as artistic director and bandleader.

Ages: 16–19
Availability for Young Musicians: National
Season: Summer Program

Workshops & Master Classes

Professional and up-and-coming artists receive personal coaching and mentoring from world-class performers and composers who have established themselves on Carnegie Hall’s stages.

Ages: 18–35
Availability for Young Musicians: National, International
Season: School Year

The B-Side

The B-Side is a new program that introduces young people to the ins and outs of the business side of the music industry. For aspiring artists and future music industry leaders alike, this program allows young people to learn essential skills and connect with performing artists, music executives, accomplished producers, songwriters, and more for a personal look into the industry. 

Ages: 16–24
Available for Young People: NYC
Season: Spring

Future Music Project

Future Music Project gives young musicians from across New York City the opportunity to create, perform, and produce their own original music across all genres.

Ages: 14–19
Availability for Young Musicians: NYC
Season: School Year

Ensemble Connect

Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. This two-year fellowship program prepares extraordinary young professional classical musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Ages: Young Professionals
Availability for Young Musicians: NYC
Season: School Year

NeON Arts

NeON Arts—a free program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute that is open to the entire city—offers young people in seven New York City communities the chance to explore the arts through a variety of creative projects that help them establish positive peer relationships and develop important social and career skills.

Ages: 16–24
Availability for Young People: NYC
Season: Fall/Winter, Spring, and Summer Workshop Rounds

Resources for Young Musicians

A teenage girl with gathered braids in a dark jacket sings into a microphone and plays the piano.
Free Online Resources for Young Musicians

Create original music across genres, hear insights from professional musicians, collaborate with peers, learn how to conquer stage fright, and more.

Ages: 12–35

Not sure where to start?

Carnegie Hall programs for young musicians support the performers, artists, and leaders of tomorrow, helping to share their voices with the world. Take a look through this guide to see which Weill Music Institute programs would be best for you.

Want to join an ensemble?

Carnegie Hall offers a range of ensemble-based opportunities across musical genres. Check out these programs to get started: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, NYO Jazz, Future Music Project Ensemble, and Ensemble Connect.

Want to grow as a performer?

Learn more about your craft in programs that draw upon Carnegie Hall’s collaborations with the world’s greatest artists. Dive into these programs to get a closer look: SongStudio, Orchestral Master Classes, and NeON Arts.

Want to create your own original music?

Many programs from the Weill Music Institute can help you compose and perform original music across genres. Take a look at these programs if you’re interested in songwriting and composition: Future Music Project, NeON Arts, and our Free Digital Resources for Musicians.

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