National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), a free program for all participants. Following a comprehensive audition process and a multi-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world while serving as dynamic music ambassadors.
In summer 2021, NYO-USA 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-USA will not tour this summer, and will not play at Carnegie Hall.
Available for Young Musicians: Nationally
Season: Summer Program
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Meet the OrchestraMeet the extraordinary young musicians of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA).
ResidencyNYO-USA musicians gather at Purchase College, State University of New York for rehearsals, workshops, and social activities.
Guest Artists & FacultyNYO-USA musicians are led by a stellar faculty of leading players from America’s top orchestras 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.
Each year, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) invites young musicians ages 16–19 to audition for its summer season. Applications for summer 2022 will be available in early fall 2021.