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
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
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.
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.
With additional funding provided by Ardian US Foundation, Sarah Arison, Ernst & Young LLP, and The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation.
Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.