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Carnegie Hall today announced that renowned American violinist Joshua Bell will be the featured soloist for the debut performances by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), a major new initiative that, beginning in summer 2013, will bring together the most talented young orchestral players, ages 16–19, from across the United States. Under the baton of conductor Valery Gergiev, Mr. Bell and the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Following a two-week residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, the NYO-USA will make its debut at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, followed by its first exciting international tour, including stops in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London. In addition to the Tchaikovsky concerto with Mr. Bell, the orchestra’s concert program will include a new work by young American composer Sean Shepherd, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall for NYO-USA, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.

It was also announced that James Ross, associate director of The Juilliard School’s conducting program and artistic director of the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, will lead the NYO-USA faculty in 2013. Comprising some of the finest players and section leaders from America’s greatest orchestras and music schools, the faculty will oversee rehearsals during the orchestra’s residency in Purchase and will conduct master classes, chamber music readings, and other seminars on essential music skills, all leading up to the launch of the international tour.

Applications for NYO-USA are being accepted now. To be considered for a position, students should complete an online registration by September 7, 2012, and then submit all required supporting materials, including an audition video, by November 1, 2012. To help guide new applicants, Carnegie Hall has created multiple online resources including a sample audition video, and downloadable audition excerpts. For more information on the NYO-USA, including audition requirements and further details on the application process and eligibility, please visit www.carnegiehall.org/nyousa.

About the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the NYO-USA provides an opportunity for 120 exceptional young musicians (ages 16-19) from across the US to come together with their peers, supported by a faculty of leading professional orchestra musicians and a different celebrated conductor each year, for a two-week intensive musical residency, followed by an international tour to top music capitals around the world. Musicians are invited to apply to this tuition-free program, which is designed to shine a light on the extraordinary talent of young American instrumentalists, offering each NYO-USA member a transformative musical and cultural experience as they develop their musical skills, receive training at the highest professional level, and travel abroad, serving as musical youth ambassadors for the US.

Students will come together to create the NYO-USA, the first US national youth orchestra in recent history, from June 30 through July 23, 2013. Following a rigorous two-week training residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, Maestro Gergiev will conduct the orchestra in its debut performances at Purchase College’s Performing Arts Center and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, followed by an international tour spanning Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London. Tour dates and venues for all cities will be announced in early 2013. Due to ongoing construction, the NYO-USA will first perform at Carnegie Hall in summer 2014.

“We are creating the National Youth Orchestra of the USA in order to offer the finest young instrumentalists nationwide the inspirational opportunity to make and share music at the highest level,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “We are confident that the tremendous talent, energy, and enthusiasm found within America’s young players will make the NYO-USA experience a remarkable one, both for participants and audiences around the world. Students will not only have the opportunity to make music with gifted peers from all corners of the US, but their playing will be further elevated as they are mentored by orchestral players of the highest caliber and led by the extraordinary Valery Gergiev, representing the best of their country around the globe.”

Important funding for the launch of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America has been provided by Joan and Sanford I. Weill and The Weill Family Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, and Ann Ziff.

About Carnegie Hall
Founded in 1891, New York City’s Carnegie Hall presents exceptional performances by the world’s finest artists on its three stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the intimate Weill Recital Hall, and the innovative Zankel Hall—ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. Extensive music education and community programs developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. WMI’s programs annually serve more than 300,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York City metropolitan area and around the globe, with many educators and organizations taking advantage of WMI’s free online music education resources. For more information on Carnegie Hall and other Weill Music Institute programs supporting the ongoing development of young musicians, please visit carnegiehall.org.

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