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NYO Jazz

NYO Jazz gives outstanding young jazz musicians from across the country the opportunity to perform as cultural ambassadors on an international stage, sharing a uniquely American musical genre with cultures around the world through an international tour.

In the summer of 2020, NYO Jazz musicians train with artistic director and bandleader Sean Jones and a world-class faculty in a multi-week residency at the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York. NYO Jazz musicians will join fellow musicians from NYO-USA and NYO2 for intensive training and joint music-making, giving classical and jazz instrumentalists the chance to collaborate and learn from each other. NYO Jazz’s 2020 tour to South Africa has been postponed due to the effects of COVID-19 and the current challenges with global travel.

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NYO Jazz in Zhuhai: “Struggle Gives You Strength”
Written for Sean Jones and NYO Jazz 2019, Jihye Lee’s “Struggle Gives You Strength” is an important reminder of how to push through life’s tough moments, whether onstage or off.

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NYO Jazz invites young musicians (ages 16–19) to audition for its 2020 season.

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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, Bank of America.

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Public funding has been provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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