NYO Jazz, comprising outstanding young musicians ages 16–19 from across the US, showcases the legacy and bright future of American jazz. Led by Artistic Director Sean Jones, these remarkable musicians come together each summer to engage in a rigorous training residency with world-class jazz masters on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York. In addition to the residency, NYO Jazz performs an annual concert at Carnegie Hall with a celebrated guest artist and embarks on a tour to some of the world’s great music capitals. The musicians serve as dynamic music ambassadors as they share this uniquely American genre with audiences around the globe.
Available for Young Musicians: Nationally
Season: Summer Program
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Each year, NYO Jazz invites young musicians ages 16–19 to audition for its summer season. Applications for summer 2022 will be available starting September 9, 2021.
NYO Jazz Details
Guest Artists & FacultyThe musicians of NYO Jazz are coached by a stellar faculty of America’s esteemed jazz players and perform with world-class guest artists.
NYO-UExplore NYO-U, a video series on musical topics that is written by teenage members and alumni of the national youth ensembles.
The extraordinary young musicians of Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles—the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz—represent the future of the country’s orchestral and jazz traditions. After being unable to gather in the summer of 2020, these three ensembles convene this July at Purchase College outside New York City. Their three weeks of training and music making culminate in this streamed event. Tune in for a celebration of community and music’s bright future as you get to know the remarkable performers that make up these ensembles.
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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.