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NYO2 2020

The 2020 season of NYO2 took place over two weeks in July, entirely online due to the effects of COVID-19. Using digital tools such as Zoom and Google Classroom, each of the 80 young musicians had the opportunity for extensive interaction with NYO2’s outstanding faculty of musicians from America’s leading orchestras: a private lesson each week as well as several sectionals, studio and master classes, and more informal discussions. The full orchestra convened regularly with Resident Conductor Joseph Young to explore one of the major pieces of NYO2’s originally planned repertoire, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. The sessions introduced the full score and recordings of the work, and explored ways to dig deeper into the music through clapping, singing, conducting, and improvising on sections of the work. Dancer Terese Capucilli led a workshop that encouraged students to translate musical gestures from the Symphonic Dances into physical movements to help inform their interpretation of the work.

NYO2 continued its partnership with the New World Symphony. Two panels of the symphony’s Fellows led sessions open to all three of Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles: one focused on auditions and college admissions, and the other on using technology as a tool for better practicing. A number of Fellows also participated in one-on-one mentoring sessions with students, with NYO-USA and NYO2 alumni serving as additional mentors.

All 2020 participants in Carnegie Hall’s three national youth ensembles also had the chance to join a number of online discussion sessions and special events. These included a Q&A with Wynton Marsalis, a workshop (and impromptu mini-concert) by Jacob Collier, as well as sessions on new music, careers in music education, and orchestra administration. The orchestra’s scheduled guest conductor, Mei-Ann Chen, offered a listening session and musical trivia quiz to the musicians of NYO2, joining them online from Taiwan.

NYO2 participated in two creative virtual performances, with each musician recording their part at home, featuring Grieg’s “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, and highlights from Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. These performances, directed by Emmy Award winner Habib Azar, were released online through Carnegie Hall’s and NYO2’s social media channels as well as in a live stream event in December 2020 that recapped the entire set of virtual orchestral performances from NYO-USA and NYO2.

NYO2 Performance Videos

NYO2 Performs Grieg’s “Morning Mood” from “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1, Op. 46

Watch NYO2 2020 come together virtually to perform Grieg’s famous “Morning Mood” from “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1, Op. 46. This recording also features a special brass fanfare introduction composed by NYO2 Resident Conductor Joseph Young.


GRIEG “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
RACHMANINOFF Excerpts from Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Meet the Orchestra



Colin Aponte
Blue Hill, ME +
Leon Baker III
Colorado Springs, CO
Matthew Chang
Los Angeles, CA +
Ashley Gomez
Miami, FL +
Gabriel Gullett
Eagle River, AK
Emi Horii
Honolulu, HI
Elizabeth Jerstad
Sioux Falls, SD +
Dante Jordan
Doral, FL
Kaitlyn Kaminuma
Chelmsford, MA
Bryan Kim
Blacksburg, VA +
Rachel Kim
Irvine, CA
Charlie Loh
Manlius, NY
Hannah Park
Tenafly, NJ
Alyssa Saito
Las Vegas, NV
Moshi Tang
Cleveland, OH
Catherine Thai
Oklahoma City, OK
Michael Vitanza
Pinedale, WY
Isabella Yee
Fairdale, WV
Claire Yoo
Idaho Falls, ID
John Yoo
Madison, AL
Stephanie Yoshida
Honolulu, HI +
Tienne Yu
Freehold, NJ


Stella Cha
Closter, NJ
Jay Choi
Happy Valley, OR
Ricardo Ibarra
Los Angeles, CA
Sewon Park
Honolulu, HI
Marco Santistevan
Rio Grande City, TX +
Justin Yi
Boyds, MD


Alex Aranzabal
Londonderry, NH +
Gloria Cai
Ellicott City, MD +
Nicole Fang
North Potomac, MD
Charles Jarvis
Grants Pass, OR
Sarah Kave
Tarzana, CA
Yoo Jin Lee
South Pasadena, CA


Anderson Bernal
Potomac, MD
Matin Kealaokahinano Boulos
Palolo Valley, HI +
Maggie Carter
Portland, OR
Abimelec Guerra
Stroudsburg, PA
Brian Kim
San Diego, CA
Tripp Myers
Gilbert, AZ



Macy Gong
West Linn, OR
Ivy Liang
Rockville, MD


Izaiah Cheeran
Apple Valley, MN
MacKenzie Kim
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Kaleb Zhu
Olathe, KS


Monserrat Rodriguez
Los Angeles, CA
Michael Wang
Potomac, MD

Alto Saxophone

Austin Shilling
Fort Worth, TX


Jackson Bernal
Potomac, MD
Eleanor Ha
Upper Saddle River, NJ
Teddy Zhang
Salem, OR



Aliceyn Covington
Blairsville, GA
Nathan Goldin
Jupiter, FL
Ben Humphries
Versailles, KY
Hannah Kittleson
Great Falls, MT
Keneil Soni
Albertson, NY +


Michael Arizmendi
Brownsville, TX
Amber Bowen-Longino
Beltsville, MD +
Christopher LeDoux
Staten Island, NY
James McAffrey
Oklahoma City, OK


Nicholas Anderson
Raceland, LA
Sarah Goldberg
Fort Worth, TX

Bass Trombone

Chris Tam
Westchester, IL


Jacob Lee
Duluth, GA


Timpani and Percussion

Glenn Choe
Cedar Park, TX
Jacqueline Guo
San Jose, CA

Orchestral Piano

Elizabeth Yang
Belle Mead, NJ

NYO2 2020 Faculty

Mei-Ann Chen, 2020 Guest Conductor
James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor

Juliana Athayde, Concertmaster, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Kerri Ryan, Assistant Principal Viola, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Anthony Elliott, Professor Emeritus of Cello, University of Michigan
Maximilian Dimoff, Principal Bass, The Cleveland Orchestra
Alexander Hanna, Principal Bass, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Joseph McFadden, Principal Bass, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Kelly Zimba, Principal Flute, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Erik Behr, Principal Oboe, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Titus Underwood, Principal Oboe, Nashville Symphony
Shannon Orme, Bass Clarinet and Clarinet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Pell, Principal Clarinet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Carin Miller Packwood, Principal Bassoon, Oregon Symphony

Denise Tryon, Associate Professor of Horn, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Billy Hunter, Principal Trumpet, The MET Orchestra
Ava Ordman, Professor of Trombone, Michigan State University
Craig Knox, Principal Tuba, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Jauvon Gilliam, Principal Timpani, National Symphony Orchestra
Don Liuzzi, Principal Timpani, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Charles Settle, Principal Percussion, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Julia Coronelli, Principal Harp, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Bryan Wagorn, Piano/Assistant Conductor, The Metropolitan Opera

Additional Guest Faculty

Emmanuel Ceysson, Principal Harp, The MET Orchestra
Jessica Zhou, Principal Harp, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Natasha Paremski, Concert Pianist

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.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Major support for NYO2 is provided by Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.

Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.

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With additional funding provided by Ardian US Foundation, Sarah Arison, Ernst & Young LLP, and The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation.

National Endowment for the Arts: arts.gov

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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