National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Following a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers not only have the opportunity to play on the famed stage of Carnegie Hall but then embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, while serving as dynamic musical ambassadors.

Many Youth Symphony musicians over the years have been accepted into NYO-USA, so there is a good chance for any of you to be accepted.

Over the last two summers, NYO-USA has toured China with conductor Charles Dutoit and pianist YUNDI, collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach and Emanuel Ax on a program of Mozart and Bruckner at Carnegie Hall, and played a set of concerts in major European halls led by Valery Gergiev with Denis Matsuev as soloist. In 2017, the orchestra heads to South America with Marin Alsop on the podium.

NYO-USA is a tuition-free program for all musicians. The program provides room and board during the residency and covers all expenses related to instructional, rehearsal, performance, and tour activities (including tour-related visa costs, airfares, and other transportation, as well as hotels, meals and group sightseeing).

There is an application fee of $30, payable online at the time you complete your application. Additionally, accepted applicants will be responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the New York City area at the start and conclusion of the program, and for the costs of obtaining/renewing their passport.

For those applicants who demonstrate substantial financial need, the application fee may be waived upon completion of a waiver request form. Carnegie Hall staff will respond to waiver requests within 10 business days of the receipt of a completed form and provide further instructions to applicants whose requests are approved. The deadline for completion of applications, with or without a fee waiver, for summer 2017 is November 1, 2016.

Financial aid may also be available to successful applicants for whom the travel costs associated with participation in NYO-USA present a financial hardship. Additional details will be available upon acceptance.

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Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

PO Box 30961
Albuquerque, NM 87190