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National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), a free program for all participants. Following a comprehensive audition process and a three-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world while serving as dynamic music ambassadors.

In 2019, NYO-USA returns to Europe with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano, performing works by Strauss, Prokofiev, and Berlioz. The tour kicks off with concerts at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall featuring Isabel Leonard, followed by a performance in Berlin with Dame Sarah Connolly, and continuing with concerts in Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Germany alongside Joyce DiDonato.

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The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) invites young musicians ages 16–19 to audition for its 2020 season.

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Presented by Edinburgh International Festival
Presented by SummerConcerts powered by BankGiro Loterij at the Royal Concertgebouw
Presented by Elbphilharmonie Hamburg


Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.

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NYO-USA Sponsor: United Airlines®, Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.

Major funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Carl Jacobs Foundation, and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.

Additional funding has been provided by Sarah Arison, The Jack Benny Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation, and Jolyon Stern and Nelle Nugent.

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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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Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

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