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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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Behind the Scenes: NYO2 at Carnegie Hall
Performing at Carnegie Hall is an experience like no other. See NYO2’s recent performance on this legendary stage through the eyes of the orchestra’s young musicians.

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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.

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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.

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, and Ernst & Young LLP.

National Endowment for the Arts: arts.gov

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

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