National Youth Ensembles
Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s national youth ensembles bring together the brightest young American instrumentalists for intensive training and performances on some of the world’s greatest stages. All three programs are free and led by an all-star faculty of professional musicians, giving students the opportunity to hone their talents while working with the world’s finest artists. As national ensembles, these programs include a broad range of musicians from across the country that reflect the exceptional talent and diversity of the United States.
In 2020, the national youth ensembles’ program activities will take place online in light of the ongoing effects of COVID-19. From July 6 to 17, members of NYO-USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz will engage in digital training, mentorship, and performances led by principal players from top American orchestras, esteemed jazz artists, 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.
National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) brings together extraordinary instrumentalists ages 16–19 for intensive training with outstanding faculty and celebrated guest artists.
NYO2 is an intensive summer training program for outstanding young musicians ages 14–17. The program aims to expand the pool of musicians equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, particularly those from communities underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field.
Each summer, gifted young jazz musicians ages 16–19 come together as NYO Jazz to study with and learn from world-class jazz masters. Acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and educator Sean Jones serves as artistic director and bandleader.
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.
Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Clive and Anya Gillinson, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.
Additional support has been provided by Sarah Arison, Bank of America.