The Philharmonic Association is honored to have some of the most talented young musicians in the country playing in our ensembles.  And when we say the most talented in the country, we are not exaggerating. In fact, we recently discovered that three of our members were awarded seats in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA), one in NYO2, and one in NYO Jazz.

Being chosen to play in these prestigious ensembles, each sponsored by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is an incredible feat. Every summer, youth musicians from all over the US participate in a comprehensive audition process with only about 100 musicians chosen for each orchestra and even less for the jazz ensemble. With membership in these ensembles comes valuable musical opportunities:

  • As part of NYO, young musicians, ages 16-19 participate in several weeks of a training residency with renowned professionals before touring the great music capitals of the world and serving as music ambassadors through their performances.
  • Like the previous ensemble, NYO2 provides intensive orchestral training and quality performance opportunities for its members. However, NYO2 allows musicians as young as 14 to audition and places a special focus on engaging musicians from communities underrepresented in the world of classical music.
  • NYO Jazz, provides its members (ages 16-19) residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York and performance opportunities around the country, including an annual concert with a celebrated guest artist at Carnegie Hall.

Although the ensembles will not go on tour or play at Carnegie Hall this this summer due to COVID-19, they will still be able to participate in a month of valuable in-person training, mentorship, and digital performances at Purchase College, State University of New York.

We are truly astounded by the degree of Philharmonic Association representation on this summer’s NYO rosters. Featured on NYO’s 2021 roster are Triangle Youth Philharmonic (TYP) cellists Sergey Blinov, Tristen Johnson, and Sophia Knappe. In NYO2 is TYP Concertmaster Jaeyee Jung, and in NYO Jazz is Emre Tekmen who plays the alto saxophone in our Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble. The fact that our cellists make up nearly 30% of this nationally acclaimed ensemble leaves us in awe of how lucky we are to have the talented and hard-working members that we have.

Whether you’re part of the Philharmonic Association community, a musician in our organization, or part of the greater NC community, take a moment to celebrate the accomplishment of these local young musicians and the great fortune we have to observe such inspiring talent.