Ages 14–17

    In 2017, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 to form NYO2, a summer orchestral training program with a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. Running in conjunction with NYO-USA’s annual summer residency at Purchase College, SUNY, NYO2 offers an opportunity for participants to play alongside exceptionally talented peers and learn from a world-class faculty. NYO2 aims to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, particularly those who will bring greater diversity to classical orchestral music and/or those who have not had access to highly selective training opportunities through major youth orchestra programs, summer festivals and camps, or similar experiences outside of their local community. NYO2 is free for all participants, including room and board, and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities.

    As a central part of NYO2, participants have the opportunity to work closely with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, an organization with its own deep commitment to education and artist training. In July 2017, NYO2 will perform side by side with select members of The Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall led by Giancarlo Guerrero.

    Download the 2016 NYO-USA and NYO2 Commemorative Book.

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    Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.


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    With additional funding provided by: Ernst & Young LLP


  • Meet the 2017 Orchestra

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  • Follow NYO-USA and NYO2 on social media throughout both orchestras' residencies and NYO-USA's Latin American tour.

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