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Carnegie Hall Announces Musicians Selected for the National Youth Orchestra

NYO-USA  2016 performing.
NYO-USA 2016 performing. Photo Credit: Youtube screen grab

YONKERS, N.Y. --  Carnegie Hall recently announced the names of the 116 talented young musicians selected from across the country for the fifth annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).

The members of the 2017 orchestra — ages 16-19, hailing from 33 U.S. states— have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest players in the country following a comprehensive and highly competitive audition process, according to a release from Carnegie Hall.

This summer’s NYO-USA will feature 28 returning musicians and 10 musicians who participated last season in 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, the release said.

NYO-USA and NYO2 are both free for all participants, ensuring that all young musicians have the opportunity to take part.

Click here for the names, instruments, and hometowns of the members of the 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

This year, the orchestra will make its Latin American debut with conductor Marin Alsop with a program that features the world premiere of a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Gabriela Lena Frank, according to the release.

The orchestra’s program will also include composer John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

NYO-USA’s tour kicks off on Wednesday, July 19, with a performance and recording of the classical music public radio show NPR’s "From the Top" with Host Christopher O'Riley at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College.

The orchestra will then take the Carnegie Hall stage for its annual concert on Friday, July 21, to be heard by music lovers worldwide via the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, created in partnership with WQXR and distributed nationally by WFMT Radio Network, and streamed live online for free by

Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance are on sale now at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th St., NYC, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or at

Following their New York appearances, the NYO-USA musicians will fly to Latin America for a tour of some of the region’s music capitals, including visits to Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia, the release said.

During a multi-day residency in Bogotá, NYO-USA will perform its own concert at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo and spend several days rehearsing with students from the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Metropolitana Batuta Bogotá to prepare a joint concert.

Similar residency activities are being planned in Mexico, including joint music-making with local young musicians.

NYO-USA players will also have the opportunity to tour each city and experience the richness of Latin American culture.

“We are thrilled to launch the National Youth Orchestra of the USA’s inaugural tour to Latin America with these young artists serving as remarkable musical ambassadors for the U.S.,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director. “The musicians who make up NYO-USA’s 2017 roster are truly among the very best in our country, and we look forward to embarking on another wonderful summer of music-making.”

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