Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Prestigious National Program Recognizes Finest Young Musicians from Across the Country, Ages 16-19

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas Leads July Performances in New York, China, as well as Debut Concerts in Taipei, Seoul, and Daejeon As Part of Orchestra’s Summer 2018 Asia Tour

NYO-USA’s 2018 Program Includes Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major Featuring Acclaimed Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2, and World Premiere of a New Carnegie Hall–Commissioned Work by Ted Hearne

NYO-USA (NEW YORK, NY)—Carnegie Hall has announced the names of the 106 outstanding young musicians selected from across the country for the sixth annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). The members of the 2018 orchestra—ages 16-19, hailing from 28 US states plus Puerto Rico—have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest players in the country following a comprehensive and highly competitive audition process. This summer’s orchestra will feature 36 musicians who previously played with NYO-USA, as well as 18 musicians who gained experience through NYO2, a program for younger players ages 14-17, with a particular focus on attracting talented students from communities underserved by, and underrepresented in, the classical orchestral field. NYO-USA and NYO2 are both free for all participants, ensuring that all invited musicians have the opportunity to take part in these prestigious national programs.

In July 2018, NYO-USA will travel to Asia with world-renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, presenting a new work by composer Ted Hearne, specially commissioned by Carnegie Hall for NYO-USA, alongside Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major with acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. As part of their intensive three-week New York training residency in preparation for their tour, the musicians of NYO-USA will take part in a free side-by-side rehearsal and performance with NYO2 and local musicians from the New York City area at 583 Park Avenue (July 7). They have also been invited to perform chamber music at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (July 15). NYO-USA then takes the Carnegie Hall stage for its annual concert (July 19), to be heard by music lovers worldwide via the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, created in partnership with WQXR.

Following their New York appearances, NYO-USA flies to Asia for a tour of some of the continent’s music capitals, including performances in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon. This tour builds on NYO-USA’s historic inaugural tour to China in July 2015, which included seven concerts across the country and which was designated as one of only four Cultural Pillars of the Consultation on People to People Exchange (CPE) between the USA and China, acknowledging the power of music and the arts to bring people together. This summer’s tour will include debut performances in Taipei and South Korea, with opportunities for the NYO-USA musicians to tour each city they visit, meet local young musicians, and experience the richness of Asian culture.

“We are thrilled to have the National Youth Orchestra of the USA returning to Asia in summer 2018 under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “The musicians who make up NYO-USA’s 2018 roster are among the very best players in the country. This promises to be an unforgettable summer of new discoveries for them, offering opportunities to present extraordinary performances around the world and to serve as wonderful musical ambassadors for their country.”

NYO-USA musicians will arrive in New York in early July 2018 to begin their three-week training residency on the campus of Purchase College, SUNY, working with principal players from some of the finest professional orchestras. James Ross, music director of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Spain, returns to lead the NYO-USA faculty for a sixth year. Ruth Reinhardt, Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will serve as assistant conductor, and Joseph Young, Artistic Director of Ensembles at the Peabody Institute, will also work with NYO-USA and NYO2 as resident conductor. The faculty will oversee rehearsals during the orchestra’s residency in Purchase and will also lead master classes, chamber music readings, and other seminars on essential music skills, all leading up to the launch of NYO-USA’s annual tour.

For the third summer, two young musicians have been selected as apprentice composers for NYO-USA. During the Purchase residency, they will have the opportunity to workshop their music with members of the orchestra. Celebrated American composer Sean Shepherd (whose work Magiya was commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the inaugural NYO-USA in 2013) will serve as mentor and teacher for the young composers for the third straight season, and they will also have the opportunity to meet this year’s featured composer, Ted Hearne. The apprentice composers join an apprentice orchestra manager, apprentice librarian, and two apprentice conductors as touring members of the 2018 NYO-USA.


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