National Youth Ensembles
Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles bring together the brightest young American instrumentalists for intensive training and performances on some of the world’s greatest stages. All three programs are free and led by an all-star faculty of professional musicians, giving students the opportunity to hone their talents while working with the world’s finest artists. As national ensembles, these programs include a broad range of musicians from across the country that reflect the exceptional talent and diversity of the United States.
In summer 2021, the national youth ensembles will convene at Purchase College, State University of New York, for a month of music making and mentorship, capped by digital performances. Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the national youth ensembles will not tour this summer, and will not play at Carnegie Hall.
National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) brings together extraordinary instrumentalists ages 16–19 for intensive training with outstanding faculty and celebrated guest artists.
NYO2 is an intensive summer training program for outstanding young musicians ages 14–17. 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.
Each summer, gifted young jazz musicians ages 16–19 come together as NYO Jazz to study with and learn from world-class jazz masters. Acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and educator Sean Jones serves as artistic director and bandleader.
Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.
Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.
Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Clive and Anya Gillinson, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.
Additional support has been provided by Sarah Arison, Bank of America.