Outstanding young American instrumentalists form NYO2, a free orchestra program that comes together alongside NYO-USA and NYO Jazz each summer for intensive training and performance opportunities. NYO2 has a particular focus on recruiting musicians from communities underrepresented in classical music. Participating musicians have the opportunity to work closely with top players from American orchestras and conservatories during a residency at Purchase College, State University of New York.
In 2020, NYO2’s program activities will take place online in light of the ongoing effects of COVID-19. From July 6 to 17, members of NYO2 will engage in digital training, mentorship, and performances led by principal players from top American orchestras and national youth ensemble alumni. In addition to taking part in private lessons, studio sectionals, and master classes, participants will have the opportunity to make music together as part of an inspiring community of extraordinary musicians. Further details about digital offerings in the summer of 2020, including a schedule of events available for viewing by audiences at home, will be announced later in June.
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Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute invites outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 to audition for NYO2’s 2021 season.
National Youth Orchestra of the United States of AmericaThe National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) brings together extraordinary instrumentalists ages 16–19.