At a Glance:

  • The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America is a highly intensive orchestral program.
  • Students ages 16-19 participate in the program.
  • The program is 3-4 weeks and includes an international tour.
  • Before the tour, rehearsals take place on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York.


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 multi-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world while serving as dynamic music ambassadors. 

The members of NYO-USA rehearse at Purchase for several weeks ahead of the tour. Purchase has outstanding rehearsal, performance, and residential facilities, including a highly regarded performing arts center that is the center of musical activities during the residency. The residency includes sectional and full orchestra rehearsals, workshops designed to complement the repertoire, and social/recreational activities.

Carnegie Hall also offers apprenticeships to students in roles beyond instrumental positions in NYO-USA to explore key aspects of the orchestral field. Apprenticeship opportunities offered are in orchestra librarianship, orchestra management, and apprentice composers. These apprenticeships are designed for members to become immersed in aspects of the orchestral world beyond performance. Students also take part in NYO-U, a free online video series that they write and produce. Musicians can take their playing to the next level with this collection of mini-masterclasses that explore topics including mastering fast passages, conquering stage fright, essential items for your instrument case, and more.

NYO-USA’s faculty represent some of the finest orchestras in the country, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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