The members of NYO-USA spend the first three weeks of each season on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY. Located in Westchester County just north of New York City, Purchase College has outstanding rehearsal, performance, and residential facilities, including a highly regarded performing arts center that will be the center of musical activities during the residency. The residency includes sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, workshops on musical and non-musical topics designed to complement the focus on tour repertoire, and social/recreational activities. Chamber music activities include musicians from NYO-USA and NYO2 performing together. The residency is capped by the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall.
In 2018, the orchestra travels to Asia with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, performing a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Ted Hearne alongside works by Sibelius and Gershwin. The tour kicks off with the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall, continuing with stops in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon.