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.
In summer 2021, NYO Jazz 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, NYO Jazz will not tour this summer, and will not play at Carnegie Hall.
Available for Young Musicians: Nationally
Season: Summer Program
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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.
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Each year, NYO Jazz invites young musicians ages 16–19 to audition for its summer season. Applications are now closed for summer 2021. Applications for summer 2022 will be available in early fall 2021.
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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, and Bank of America.