• Monday, Mar 4, 2013

    Carnegie Hall Announces Musicians Selected for First-Ever National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

    Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, National Program Recognizes Finest Young Players from Across the Country, Ages 16-19
    World-Renowned Conductor Valery Gergiev Leads Orchestra in its Inaugural Year with Acclaimed Violinist Joshua Bell as Special Guest Soloist
    Two-Week Summer 2013 Residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, To Culminate with Debut Performance at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, Followed by Exciting International Tour to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London
    (March 4, 2013; NEW YORK, NY)—Carnegie Hall today announced the names of the 120 exceptional young musicians from across America who have been specially selected to come together from June 30 through July 23, 2013 to create the first-ever National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

    Hailing from 42 US states—from Eagle River, Alaska to Miami, Florida; from Seattle, Washington to Sioux Falls, South Dakota; from Honolulu, Hawaii to Kalamazoo, Michigan; from Los Angeles, California to Marietta, Georgia and beyond—these young orchestral players, ages 16-19, have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest in the country following a comprehensive audition process.

    See below for the complete state-by-state roster of the 2013 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), or for more information—including an interactive map of the musicians’ hometowns—please visit carnegiehall.org/nyousa.

    The musicians of the first National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America will travel to New York in late June 2013 for a rigorous two-week training residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, working with some of the country’s best professional orchestral players. The young musicians will then have the opportunity to represent their country as the NYO-USA undertakes its inaugural international tour with stops at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, followed by dates in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London.

    Internationally-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the NYO-USA in its first year, with the ensemble joined this summer by acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell as soloist. The orchestra’s concert program will include Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, and a new work by young American composer Sean Shepherd, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for NYO-USA. Specific tour dates and venues for all cities will be announced in late spring 2013.

    “We have been thrilled at the response to our creation of the NYO-USA program,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “We are very excited, but not surprised that there is such a depth of world class talent among young musicians across the United States, and we know this first roster will be wonderfully strong. With the energy and skill demonstrated by these young players, we fully expect that the music-making of this orchestra will be completely inspirational for participants and audiences alike.”

    2013 Orchestra Roster

    Andrew Downs, Bass (Irondale)

    Brendon Mezzetti, Violin (Eagle River)

    Jennifer Chiang, Flute (Tempe)
    Benjamin Nead, Cello (Tucson)

    Elias Brown, Trumpet (Santa Monica)
    Jessie Chen, Violin (Palos Verdes Estates)
    Kristen Fang, Flute (Walnut Creek)
    Mya Greene, Viola (Los Angeles)
    Stephen Hart, Viola (Coto de Caza)
    Ha Kyung Jung, Violin (Irvine)
    Nathan Kirchhoff, Bassoon (San Gabriel)
    Ryan Roberts, Oboe (Santa Monica)
    Ray Anthony Trujillo, Violin (Elk Grove)
    Lily Tsai, Violin (Palo Alto)
    Nathan Wong, Viola (San Gabriel)
    Annie Wu, Flute (Pleasanton)
    David Yoon, Percussion (Irvine)

    Andrew Burgan, Violin (Aurora)
    Julia Popham, Violin (Golden)

    Margaret Klucznik, Viola (Glastonbury)

    Marius Sander, Violin (Wyoming)

    Andrew Cheshire, Violin (Merritt Island)
    Annabel Chyung, Violin (Miami)
    Jonathan Collazo, Percussion (Kissimmee)
    Camille Glazer, Viola (Orlando)
    Alexander Ishov, Flute (Gainesville)
    Mitchell Kuhn, Oboe (Jacksonville)
    Nikolette LaBonte, Horn (Palm Beach Gardens)
    Nina Morales, Violin (Spring Hill)
    Santiago Olaguibel, Bass (Miami)
    Terrence Smith, Jr., Violin (Miami)
    Sebastian Zinca, Bass (Miami)

    Andrew Sommer, Bass (Marietta)

    Markus Osterlund, Horn (Honolulu)

    Michelle Hembree, Horn (Boise)

    Emily Camras, Cello (Batavia)
    Garrett Chou, Cello (Northbrook)
    Eric Goldberg, Percussion (Chicago)
    Erika Gray, Viola (Wilmette)
    Tanner Jackson, Bass Trombone (Tinley Park)
    Jacob Mezera, Trombone (Tinley Park)
    Tabitha Oh, Violin (Chicago)

    Clara Abel, Cello (Indianapolis)
    Jared Murray, Cello (Lanesville)

    Kevin Li, Violin (Bettendorf)

    Akshay Dinakar, Violin (Prairie Village)

    Christopher Zhou, Clarinet (Prospect)

    Angelique Montes, Cello (New Orleans)

    Zeynep Alpan, Violin (Bethesda)
    Russell Iceberg, Violin (New Market)
    Henry Whitaker, Trumpet (Millersville)


    Enchi Chang, Violin (Belmont)
    Madison Freed, Clarinet (Brookline)
    Tom Jeon, Clarinet (Lexington)
    Leah Meyer, Horn (Belmont)
    Elizabeth Sperry, Flute (Chelmsford)
    Brian Wendel, Trombone (Conway)


    Giancarlo Latta, Violin (Ann Arbor)
    Cullen O'Neil, Cello (Kalamazoo)
    Caelan Stewart, Horn (Clarkston)
    Jacob Warren, Bass (South Lyon)

    Nora Doyle, Cello (Minneapolis)
    Arjun Ganguly, Viola (St. Cloud)
    Jennifer Kim, Violin (Rochester)

    Guillermo del Prado, Violin (Hattiesburg)
    Julia Kirk, Violin (Jackson)

    Sean Byrne, Viola (Chesterfield)
    Angela Holmes, Cello (Lee's Summit)

    Rosalyn Weiss, Violin (Billings)

    Jehong Ahn, Viola (Omaha)

    New Hampshire
    Isaac Schultz, Bassoon (Exeter)

    New Jersey

    Matthew Gajda, Trumpet (Mahwah)
    Russell Hoffman, Oboe (Mountain Lakes)
    Soyeong Park, Violin (Princeton Junction)
    Jackson Whang, Viola (Mountain Lakes)

    New Mexico
    Kayla Mathes, Cello (Albuquerque)

    New York

    Robert Donowick, Viola (West Seneca)
    Jacob Efthimiou, Cello (Delhi)
    Emma Frucht, Violin (New York)
    Jarrett Grempel, Bassoon (Wantagh)
    Martine Thomas, Viola (Rochester)
    Kevin Yu, Violin (Albertson)

    North Carolina

    Albert Feng, Cello (Raleigh)
    Samuel Sparrow, Clarinet (Durham)


    Demi Fang, Violin (Dayton)
    Mariko Shimasaki, Violin (Springfield)

    Micheal Barnes, Percussion (Lawton)

    Blair Shepperd, Bassoon (Portland)
    Gabriel Young, Oboe (Ashland)

    Ahmer'e Blackman, Bass (Wilmerding)
    Matthew Burg, Bass (Williamsport)
    Alexandria Conrad, Violin (Willow Street)
    Mark Debski, Oboe (Bethel Park)
    Jason Herrmann, Violin (Bryn Mawr)
    Beatrice Hsieh, Violin (North Wales)
    Amy Semes, Violin (Broomall)

    South Dakota
    Skye Dearborn, Trombone (Sioux Falls)

    Benjamin Parton, Violin (Sevierville)
    John Paul Powers, Tuba (Clinton)

    Eric Bowser, Violin (Center Point)
    Jordan Brokken, Bassoon (Houston)
    Franklin Jia, Clarinet (Plano)
    Jackie Johnson, Bass (Plano)
    Weston McCall, Horn (San Antonio)
    Lincoln Valdez, Trumpet (Austin)
    Thomas Wong, Viola (Plano)
    Stephen Xi, Violin (Plano)

    Jacob Davis, Viola (St. George)


    Annika Jenkins, Violin (Virginia Beach)
    Samuel Matzner, Viola (Arlington)
    Stephen Tang, Violin (Virginia Beach)
    Katja Yeager, Viola (Vienna)


    Audrey Chen, Cello (Redmond)
    William Langlie-Miletich, Bass (Seattle)
    Joseph Lorang, Violin (Seattle)
    Marianne Martinoli, Violin (Monroe)
    Karl Ronneburg, Percussion (Sammamish)
    Sophia Stoyanovich, Violin (Bainbridge Island)


    Kartik Papatla, Cello (Mequon)

    Colton Kelley, Bass (Cheyenne)

    About the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
    Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America provides an annual tuition-free opportunity for talented young musicians (ages 16-19) from across the US to come together with their peers, supported by a faculty of leading professional orchestra musicians and a celebrated conductor, for a two-week intensive musical residency, followed by a tour to top music capitals. Young musicians from across the country are invited to apply to this one-of-a-kind program, which is designed to shine a light on the extraordinary talent of young American instrumentalists, offering NYO-USA members a transformative musical and cultural experience as they develop their musical skills, receive training at the highest professional level, and travel abroad, serving as musical youth ambassadors for the US.

    Purchase College, State University of New York, is a key partner in Carnegie Hall’s new NYO-USA initiative. During their two-week residency, orchestra members will be housed on Purchase College’s scenic campus, located in Westchester County, just north of New York City, where they will undertake their initial training and rehearsals. All rehearsals will be centered at the College’s highly-regarded Performing Arts Center and in the rehearsal studios of its School for the Arts Conservatory of Music. Capping the students’ stay and the launch of the NYO-USA’s performance activities will be a concert at the College’s PAC for the public and college community.

    James Ross, associate director of The Juilliard School’s conducting program and director of orchestral activities at the University of Maryland, will lead the NYO-USA faculty in 2013. Comprising some of the finest players and section leaders from America’s greatest orchestras and music schools, the faculty will oversee rehearsals during the orchestra’s residency in Purchase and will conduct master classes, chamber music readings, and other seminars on essential music skills, all leading up to the launch of the international tour.

    The 2013 tour of NYO-USA is made possible by Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Yoko Nagae Ceschina, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Peter J. Sharp Foundation, and Ann Ziff.

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

    Carnegie Hall recently announced plans for the second annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, which will include a US tour in summer 2014 to be led by conductor David Roberston with violinist Gil Shaham preceded by a two-week residency at Purchase College. Application information for the 2014 NYO-USA program will be made available later this spring. For more information on the NYO-USA, including audition requirements and details on the application process, please visit carnegiehall.org/nyousa.

    About Carnegie Hall
    Founded in 1891, New York City’s Carnegie Hall presents exceptional performances by the world’s finest artists on its three stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the intimate Weill Recital Hall, and the innovative Zankel Hall—ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. Extensive music education and community programs developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute support Carnegie Hall’s commitment to fostering the future of music. More than 400,000 people will engage in the Weill Music Institute’s programs over the next year through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall.

    For more information on Carnegie Hall and other Weill Music Institute programs supporting the ongoing development of young musicians, please visit carnegiehall.org.
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