Photo courtesy of Chris Lee

At a glance:

  • NYO2 is an intensive 3- to 4-week training orchestral program.
  • Musicians ages 14-17 work closely with top players from American orchestras and conservatories during residencies at Purchase College, State University of New York and New World Center in Florida.
  • Students from around the country come together to study orchestral repertoire and develop as musicians.


NYO2 is an intensive program that allows young artists to immerse themselves in their craft, learning alongside peers from some of the most esteemed professionals in the field. The program is in residence at Purchase College, SUNY, 30 miles north of New York City, followed by a weeklong residence at the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida. The program concludes with a performance in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. 

NYO2 reflects the exceptional diversity of the US and cultivates the musicianship, intellectual curiosity, and technical ability of its participants. During the New World Center residency, NYO2 students work with New World Fellows, building relationships with the artists who are the next generation of the finest orchestras in the world. Running in conjunction with NYO-USA, NYO2’s students are able to play and learn alongside a wide range of extraordinarily talented peers.

NYO2’s faculty come from some of the finest ensembles in the country, including The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Many also teach at top conservatories. Students at NYO2 represent the future of the country’s orchestral traditions and have a summer of transformational musical experiences surrounded by exemplary faculty and peers.

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