• Monday, Mar 3, 2014

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

    Created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, Prestigious National Program, Now in its Second Year, Recognizes Finest Young Players from Across the Country, Ages 16-19
    Acclaimed Conductor David Robertson Leads Orchestra on Eight Coast-to-Coast U.S. Tour Featuring Violinist Gil Shaham, July 20 to August 4
    Two-Week Summer Residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, Precedes NYO-USA's Carnegie Hall Debut on July 22

      (March 3, 2014; NEW YORK, NY)—Carnegie Hall today announced the names of the 120 outstanding young musicians from across America who have been selected to come together this summer as the second annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).

    The members of the 2014 orchestra—all ages 16-19, hailing from 33 US states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico—have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest players in the country, following a comprehensive audition process. This summer’s NYO-USA will feature 26 returning musicians from the 2013 inaugural orchestra.

    See below or click here for the names, instruments, and hometowns of the members of the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).

    “The launch of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA in 2013 exceeded all our expectations, and it is with great enthusiasm that we bring this wonderful group of musicians together for another summer of top music-making in the program’s second year,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “The depth of musical talent found across this country is remarkable and the young players who make up NYO-USA’s 2014 roster are amongst the very best.”

    The members of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA will travel to New York in early July to begin their intensive two-week training residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, working with principal players from some of the country’s best professional orchestras.

    The orchestra will be led by dynamic American conductor David Robertson and joined by virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham as soloist in summer 2014. Following the two week residency, NYO-USA will embark on an eight-city, coast-to-coast US tour, introducing concertgoers across the country to the extraordinary music-making of their nation’s youth orchestra.

    The 2014 US tour will begin at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, NY (July 20), followed by the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut in New York City (July 22), a performance to be heard by music lovers worldwide via the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, created in partnership with WQXR and American Public Media. The orchestra’s tour continues with appearances at Ozawa Hall in Lenox, MA as part of the Tanglewood music festival (July 24); Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts in Boone, NC at An Appalachian Summer Festival (July 26); the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, IL’s Millennium Park as part of Grant Park Music Festival (July 28); Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, WY (July 30) as part of Grand Teton Music Festival; Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA (August 2); and culminating at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA (August 4).

    The concert program to be performed at all tour venues will include the premiere of a new work from American composer Samuel Carl Adams, commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for NYO-USA; Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto with Mr. Shaham; and Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

    Tickets for the Carnegie Hall concert will go on sale to the general public on April 15.


    2014 Orchestra Roster





    Michael Brown, Violin


    Andrew Downs, Bass




    Arkansas **


    Carson Bohner, Violin

    (White Hall)

    Brett A. Kelly, Trombone






    Carlos Aguilar, Flute


    Matthew Chow, Violin

    (Los Altos)

    Janice Gho, Bass


    Liam Glendening, Trombone


    Aaron Grisez, Timpani/Percussion


    Oliver Herbert, Cello

    (San Francisco)

    Nathan Kirchhoff, Bassoon

    (San Gabriel)*

    Adrian Lin, Timpani/Percussion


    Ryan Roberts, Oboe

    (Santa Monica)*

    Josephine Stockwell, Viola

    (El Sobrante)

    Dalton Tran, Clarinet


    Alexander van der Veen, Violin

    (Palo Alto)

    Nathan Wong, Viola

    (San Gabriel)*

    Annie Wu, Flute


    Helen Wu, Violin


    David Yoon, Timpani/Percussion






    Andrew Burgan, Violin


    Jeremy Kreutz, Cello


    Alexi Whitsel, Violin




    District of Columbia **


    Lily Honigberg, Violin

    (Washington DC)





    Margaret Klucznik, Viola






    Andrew Cheshire, Violin

    (Merritt Island)*

    Kaila DeLany, Oboe

    (Tarpon Springs)

    Alejandro Lombo, Flute


    Connor Monday, Horn


    Evan Musgrave, Bass

    (Ormond Beach)

    Athalie Claude-Lilia Vaval, Viola






    Kathryn Evans, Bass


    Nathan Hung, Viola

    (Peachtree City)

    Madeline Miller, Bassoon


    Keanu Mitanga, Violin


    Cassie Pilgrim, Oboe


    Erin C. Pitts, Viola






    Torin Alexander Bakke, Clarinet

    (Buffalo Grove)

    Garrett Chou, Cello


    Karen Dai, Timpani/Percussion


    Josh Davidoff, Apprentice Orchestra Manager


    Nivanthi Karunaratne, Horn


    Jack McCammon, Horn


    Ricardo Zapata, Trumpet






    Clara Abel, Cello






    Georgia Bourderionnet, Cello

    (New Orleans)

    Eliot Haas, Cello






    Rachel Barnett, Viola


    Silvio Guitian, Clarinet


    Chad Lilley, Alto Saxophone


    Henry Whitaker, Trumpet






    Harrison Dilthey, Bass

    (North Adams)

    Sharon Kim, Violin


    Leah Meyer, Horn


    Elizabeth Sperry, Flute


    Reuben Stern, Bassoon


    Evan Wood, Cello






    Rebecca Luppe, Orchestral Keyboard


    Caelan Stewart, Horn


    Ivan Suminski, Violin

    (Traverse City)





    Arjun Ganguly, Viola

    (St. Cloud)*

    Anna Humphrey, Violin


    Emma Richman, Violin


    Liam Smith, Timpani/Percussion






    Zakary Joyner, Violin






    Sean Byrne, Viola




    Nevada **


    Liam Mansfield, Violin

    (Las Vegas)



    New Hampshire


    Claire Walter, Violin




    New Jersey


    Matthew Gajda, Trumpet


    Tess Jacobson, Viola


    James Lin, Violin


    Hannah Lam, Violin

    (Cherry Hill)

    David Kim, Clarinet

    (Mount Laurel)

    Soyeong Park, Violin

    (Princeton Junction)*

    Evan Pasternak, Violin

    (Scotch Plains)

    Samuel Wang, Violin


    Amy Zhang, Viola




    New York


    Tristen Jarvis, Bass


    Faith Pak, Viola


    Phillip Solomon, Clarinet


    Martine Thomas,Viola


    Helen K. Wong, Violin




    North Carolina


    Gordon Ma, Violin


    Willa Finck, Violin


    Aden Beery, Tuba






    John Mietus, Bass

    (Shaker Heights)

    Chad Wesselkamper, Bass


    Ann Yu, Violin


    Grant Zempolich, Cello

    (Shaker Heights)





    Kevie Yu, Violin






    Esther Aviana Platt, Violin


    Katie Reinders, Viola


    Angela Tang, Violin

    (West Linn)

    Gabriel Young, Oboe






    Jessica Ding, Harp

    (State College)

    Rebecca Krown, Bassoon


    Bihn Park, Cello


    Inori Sakai, Violin


    Miles Shore, Bassoon


    James Tobias, Trombone




    Puerto Rico **


    Rosa Ortega, Violin

    (San Juan)



    South Carolina **


    Paul Aguilar, Violin


    Daniel H. Murray, Bass






    Benjamin Parton, Violin






    Abby Easterling, Flute


    Riley Giampaolo, Bass Trombone


    Lincoln Valdez, Trumpet


    Shan Su, Viola      (Richardson)





    Molly Ann Langr, Harp

    (Salt Lake City)



    Vermont **


    David Fickes, Violin






    Davey Van Beveren, Oboe


    Tyler Cunningham, Timpani/Percussion






    Andrew Angelos, Horn


    Audrey Chen, Cello


    Hana Cohon, Cello


    Alena Hove, Violin


    Bronwyn James, Violin


    Trey Sakazaki, Apprentice Orchestra Librarian


    Sophia Stoyanovich, Violin

    (Bainbridge Island)*





    Kartik Papatla, Cello


    * Returning 2013 NYO-USA Member
    ** New State / Territory represented in 2014 NYO-USA

    NYO-USA US Tour—Summer 2014
    July 20      Performing Arts Center; Purchase, NY
    July 22      Carnegie Hall; New York City, NY
    July 24      Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood; Lenox, MA
    July 26      Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts; Boone, NC
    July 28      Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park; Chicago, IL
    July 30      Walk Festival Hall; Teton Village, WY
    August 2   Weill Hall, Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center; Rohnert Park, CA
    August 4   Walt Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles, CA

    About the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
    Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young musicians from across the country (ages-16-19) to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). Following a comprehensive audition process and a two-week training residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, with faculty made up of principal players from top American orchestras, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, serving as dynamic music ambassadors. Launched in summer 2013 to great critical acclaim, the first-ever National Youth Orchestra of the USA presented concerts with famed conductor Valery Gergiev and renowned violinist Joshua Bell for enthusiastic audiences in Washington DC; St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia; and at the BBC Proms in London, England.

    In summer 2015, the members of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA will add more stamps to their passports as the ensemble makes its first tour to China.

    Purchase College, State University of New York, has been a key partner in Carnegie Hall’s NYO-USA program since its inception. 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, director of orchestral activities at the University of Maryland, returns this summer to lead the NYO-USA faculty for a second year. 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 orchestra’s national tour.

    To learn more about NYO-USA, visit carnegiehall.org/nyousa.



    National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America Lead Sponsor: Bloomberg

    Lead Donors: Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and Marina Kellen French; Ronald O. Perelman; the Robertson Foundation; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

    Additional funding has been provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation; Yoko Nagae Ceschina; The Rockefeller Foundation; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; and Ann Ziff.

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


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