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This July, Carnegie Hall will bring together more than 200 of the finest teen musicians from across the country to perform as part of its three acclaimed national youth ensembles: the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America(NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz.

All three ensembles will take part in an intensive training residency at Purchase College, SUNY before performing at Carnegie Hall and embarking on tours across the country and around the world, serving as America’s dynamic musical ambassadors. In total, 222 musicians will take part in this year’s program, representing 39 US states plus Puerto Rico.

“We are thrilled to bring the musicians of NYO-USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz together again for another extraordinary summer of music-making,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “These three ensembles shine a spotlight on the great depth of musical talent found all across the country. Our musicians are superb players who are passionate about music and dedicated to connecting with people across cultures. We are inspired by their music-making and, when they travel the world, we couldn’t ask for better ambassadors for our country.”

Throughout their training residency at SUNY Purchase, NYO-USA and NYO2 musicians will work with leading players from America’s top professional orchestras, and NYO Jazz players will work with a faculty comprised of some of the finest jazz artists on the scene today as they prepare for their annual Carnegie Hall performances and tours.

On July 10, NYO2 musicians will arrive at Purchase College, joined on July 13 by their peers in NYO-USA and NYO Jazz. In addition to full ensemble rehearsals, the young musicians will take part in sectional rehearsals, master classes, private lessons, chamber music and combos, and other seminars on essential music skills.

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