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New York, NY - New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) and Music Director Michael Repper are proud to announce the 2019-2020 season orchestra concerts to be performed in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. The 2019-2020 season repertoire features a diverse array of works, from Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman and Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement, to crowd-pleasers such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony. Featured soloists include 13-year-old piano prodigy Harmony Zhu on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, cellist Sterling Elliot on Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, and pianist Michelle Cann on the Price Piano Concerto. Ms. Zhu will make her Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Roy and Shirley Durst Debut Artist series. Mr. Elliot is appearing as part of a partnership with the Sphinx Organization.

The three orchestral concerts all include the world premiere of a new work commissioned through the NYYS First Music program, chaired by Christopher Theofanidis. This season’s First Music composers are Marco-Adrián Ramos, Tanner Porter, and Patrick O’Malley. The commissions, titles forthcoming, include a collaboration between composer Tanner Porter and students from the KIPP Academy Middle School in the South Bronx, where the NYYS has been in residency for the past two seasons. This piece will also receive a second performance at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Summer 2020.

Music Director Michael Repper says, “We are thrilled to perform some of the most popular orchestral repertoire, alongside a host of newly-commissioned works and the Carnegie Hall premieres of established pieces by women and composers of color. With the collaboration between composer Tanner Porter and students from the KIPP Academy Middle School, this season’s programming showcases our commitment to presenting inclusive professional-level concerts from outstanding young orchestral musicians and soloists at Carnegie Hall.”

As the premier independent music education organization for ensemble training in the New York metropolitan area, the NYYS has provided over 6,000 music students unparalleled opportunities to perform at world-class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center and to study with world-renowned artists, all tuition-free. Beyond the instruction from accomplished musicians, students gain valuable life skills — commitment, discipline, focus, collaboration — and friendships that last a lifetime.

Performances for the 2019-2020 Season:
Michael Repper, Music Director
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:
Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1 (Carnegie Hall premiere)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, featuring Harmony Zhu, piano
Marco-Adrián Ramos: First Music commission and world premiere – title forthcoming
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:
Dvořák: Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104, featuring Sterling Elliott, cello
Tanner Porter: First Music commission and world premiere – title forthcoming
Respighi: Pines of Rome
Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2 PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:
Patrick O’Malley: First Music commission and world premiere – title forthcoming
Florence Price: Piano Concerto in One Movement, featuring Michelle Cann, piano (Carnegie Hall premiere)
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, “The Titan”

ARTIST BIOS

Michael Repper is the Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony and the Northern Neck Orchestra of Virginia, and the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Maryland. An internationally-recognized conductor of classical music, jazz, pops, and musical theater, he enjoys conducting both youth and professional orchestras around the world. Mr. Repper served as the Peabody Institute/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellow for two seasons, assisting his long-time mentor Marin Alsop, and continues to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in several educational concerts annually. He has collaborated on large-scale productions of symphonic and theatrical works with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, the Peabody Institute of Music, the New School of Music, and more. Having led the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, JOFICAT Orquesta Barcelona, and Youth Ensemble of Acarigua, Venezuela, Mr. Repper is renowned for his ability to inspire instrumentalists, choruses, and audiences of all ages and nationalities. He conducted the world premiere of Spiritual America, a song cycle by William Brittelle, featuring the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Indie-Rock duo Wye Oak, the studio album of which will be released in May 2019. A committed proponent of diversity, inclusion, and training in the arts, he founded the Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Fellowship, providing $1000 scholarships and mentorships to young musicians in the Mid-Atlantic who are interested in studying chamber music.

A happy girl with multiple talents, 13-year-old Harmony Zhu became the youngest “Young Steinway Artist” at age 10 and has been featured three times on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBC News, NPR’s From the Top, and CBS, among many others, for her exceptional gifts in piano, composition, and chess. Ms. Zhu has performed with such renowned conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and John Giordano, among others. Last year, Ms. Zhu toured with the Israel Philharmonic, appeared with the Detroit Symphony for three concerts, and made her soloist debuts at the Ravinia Festival and Aspen Music Festival. The year prior, she opened The Philadelphia Orchestra’s season under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. A student of Yoheved Kaplinsky at Juilliard Pre-College since 2014, Ms. Zhu won the Concerto Competition in her first year of study there. She has distinguished herself by consistently winning first prizes from an early age while competing within older age categories. Ms. Zhu is an accomplished composer and improviser, and studies composition with Ira Taxin. In chess, Ms. Zhu holds the World Champion title in her age group after winning the World Youth Chess Championships. She enjoys reading, drawing, creative writing, spelling, math, history, dancing, singing, ping pong, playing violin, and bird watching. Ms. Zhu is also her school’s Spelling Bee Champion.

Sterling Elliott has soloed with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and many more as well as a performance at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2015 and 2016 Mr. Elliott performed a 7-week national tour with the Sphinx Virtuosi, and in 2018 was a featured soloist on tour including a performance at Carnegie Hall. He began his cello studies at the age of three and made his solo debut at the age of seven when he became the first-place Junior Division winner of the PYO Concerto Competition. Other notable accomplishments include 1st place in 2019 National Sphinx Competition Senior Division, 2019 Camerata Artists International Competition, grand prize in the First Presbyterian Young Artist Competition, 1st place in the 2014 Sphinx Competition, 2014 Richmond Symphony Concerto Competition, and more. Mr. Elliott has enjoyed the honor of performing for cellist Yo-Yo Ma and also performing alongside recording artist Jennifer Hudson. Mr. Elliott currently studies with
Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School working toward an undergraduate degree in cello performance where he is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.

Concert pianist Michelle Cann is a young artist with a deep musical commitment to performing a wide range of repertoire throughout the US and to bringing the arts to local communities. Ms. Cann made her orchestral debut at age 14 and has since performed with orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ms. Cann recently soloed with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra in New York City, where she performed the New York City premiere of Concerto in One Movement by composer Florence Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote "Michelle Cann…was a compelling, sparkling virtuoso, bringing this riveting work to life in its first New York performance". She performed Price’s piano concerto as a guest soloist with the Knoxville Symphony as well. Ms. Cann regularly appears in recital and as a chamber musician throughout the US, China, and South Korea at premiere concert halls including the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and will make her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony in May 2020. Michelle has been frequently featured on both WRTI 90. 1 and WHYY TV in Philadelphia on such shows as Creatively Speaking with Susan Lewis, Onstage at Curtis, and Philadelphia Music Makers. Michelle received her Bachelor and Master degrees in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro and received an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with Robert McDonald. She is currently on staff at the Curtis School of Music and the Luzerne Music Center, and has previously served as the choir director of two thirty-member children choruses in the El-Sistema inspired program, “Play On Philly”. Ms. Cann is the founder of a new program, “Keys to Connect”, which strives to strengthen the bond between parent and child through the shared study of piano.

Through its First Music program, the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) has selected seven of America’s emerging orchestra, chamber music, and jazz composers under age 30 to write commissions for the 57th Season. Marco-Adrián Ramos, Tanner Porter, and Patrick O’Malley received orchestral commissions to be premiered by the NYYS Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under music director Michael Repper. Nina Shekhar received the chamber music commission and will write a new wind quintet to be premiered by NYYS students in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Matt Horanzy, Devin Reilly, and Gregory Weiss’ pieces will be premiered by the NYYS Jazz under artistic director Andy Clausen at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Expanding its partnership with the Interlochen Center for the Arts, two of the grand prize winners, Ms. Porter and Ms. Shekhar’s pieces will be premiered at the Interlochen Arts Camp in of 2020. Greg Weiss, who received an honorable mention for his 2018-19 application, was awarded the jazz grand prize for the 2019-20 season. His piece will be premiered at The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

This season’s orchestra & chamber music jury was chaired by Christopher Theofanidis, and included David T. Little, Eve Beglarian, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Eric Stomberg, and Michael Repper. The jazz jury was chaired by Arturo O’Farrill, a pianist, composer, and founder of Afro-Latin Jazz Organization, and included Roxy Coss, Darcy James Argue, Pedro Giraudo, and Andy Clausen.

Shauna Quill, NYYS Executive Director says “We are excited to announce the next season of commissioned composers, all of whom are extremely talented. We are also excited to be able to expand our partnership with the Interlochen Center for the Arts who will now include second performances of our both grand prize winners in orchestra and chamber music! Each season we aim to broaden the reach of our program and work to build a more diverse community of composers and I have no doubt this group brings us closer to those goals.”

Christopher Theofanidis, chair of the First Music program, speaks from his own experience as a previous winner. “The NYYS First Music competition is incredibly important in our field and has an unparalleled roster of prior winning composers among its ranks. The Carnegie performances have often launched the careers of young composers, and it has been an honor to serve as the advisory board chair for the past several seasons. I can’t wait to hear what our current group composes this year!”

Rory Baker, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents says, “Interlochen is honored to be able to continue our partnership with the New York Youth Symphony. In addition to offering commission prizes for and mid-West premieres of these fine new works by such extraordinary young composers, we are able to provide opportunity for our student musicians who work side by side with the composer during rehearsals and perform important new works.”

Arturo O’Farrill, newly-appointed chair of the First Music jazz advisory board says “The NYYS First Music program is an exceptional opportunity for young jazz composers and I am excited to hear the works these three outstanding composers produce.”

Called "invaluable" by The New York Times, the NYYS First Music commission program has been widely acknowledged as one of the leading forces in the United States for bringing the work of gifted young composers to the public’s attention for the past 36 years. The NYYS is proud to have commissioned over 160 original works for orchestra, chamber music, and jazz through First Music since 1984, all of which have been premiered by NYYS ensembles at venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. First Music commissions have been awarded to Aaron J. Kernis, David Lang, Kevin Puts, Julia Wolfe, Michael Torke, and Timo Andres, among others. We are proud that First Music composers have been recognized with 12 Rome Prizes, 16 Guggenheim Fellowships, two Grawemeyer Awards, and four Pulitzer Prizes.

The First Music commissions for the 2019-2020 Season:

ORCHESTRA

Marco-Adrián Ramos: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 2 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Tanner Porter (Grand Prize Winner): Sunday, March 1, 2020, 2 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Mid-West premiere TBD at Interlochen Center for the Arts
Patrick O’Malley: Sunday, May 24, 2020, 2 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

CHAMBER MUSIC

Nina Shekhar: Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 7:30 PM
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Mid-West premiere TBD at Interlochen Center for the Arts

Orchestra/Chamber Honorable mentions: Jonathan Cziner, Miles Walter, Robert Ge.

JAZZ

Matt Horanzy: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 7:30/9:30 PM
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Devin Reilly: Monday, March 9, 2020, 7:30/9:30 PM
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Gregory Weiss (Grand Prize Winner): Monday, May 4, 2020, 7:30 PM
The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

Honorable mentions: Sam Blakeslee and Estar Cohen.

First Music applications are accepted annually between September and December. Additional information about First Music can be found at http://www.nyys.org/programs/first-music

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New York, NY - Now entering its 56th season, the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) is launching a Musical Theater Composition (MTC) program, to be led by newly-appointed director Anna K. Jacobs. In a partnership with the Harlem School of the Arts, this new program aims to diversify the world of musical theater by creating opportunities for young composers to have their compositions workshopped and performed by both peers and professionals. Additionally, students will explore various avenues of the genre with guest speakers who will share insights and experience from throughout their careers. The program will culminate in student-led performances at the Harlem School of the Arts, and Joe’s Pub. Ms. Jacobs teaches at Mannes College The New School for Music, and has received recognition for her own works with multiple awards and nominations. “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the NYYS team! I look forward to working with the students, and bringing their musical theater visions to life.”

The MTC program adds to five existing NYYS programs – Orchestra, Chamber Music, Jazz, Composition, and Apprentice Conducting. The MTC program will be the sixth, and will further a strategic initiative to expand the impact of the NYYS within the music community. NYYS Board President Melissa Eisenstat is “extremely excited to add this program to the New York Youth Symphony. Our partnership with the Harlem School of the Arts is a crucial component to the opportunities and access it will provide NYYS music students aged 12 to 22.”

“In launching this new program we seek to open opportunities for students who might otherwise be unable to explore and develop their talents. Anna brings exceptional industry and educational experience in the genre to the program, and we are thrilled to have her leading this effort”, says NYYS Executive Director Shauna Quill. Auditions for the Musical Theater Composition program will be held in September. Applications are being accepted now. For more information on how to apply visit nyys.org/audition.

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New York, NY - New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), is proud to continue its mission of providing an outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students between the ages of 12-22 by launching a new Musical Theater Composition program aimed at diversifying the world of musical theater. The new director and performance information is expected to be announced in summer 2018. Also new in 2018/19 the NYYS Orchestra and Chamber Music Programs will tour together for the first time ever to Spain in 2019, where they will explore cities including Madrid, Granada, and Seville.

The 2018/19 season will mark the 56th season of the NYYS Orchestra and the 35th Anniversary of the NYYS First Music commissioning program. Under music director Michael Repper, the orchestra concerts will feature all women soloists including guitarist Jiji, violinist Tai Murray, and world-renowned pianist Fei-Fei, furthering the organization’s commitment to equality and diversity. To celebrate the First Music program, which has commissioned over 150 original works for orchestra, chamber music, and jazz since 1984, NYYS Jazz director Andy Clausen has invited former NYYS Jazz directors Ryan Keberle and Matt Holman back as soloists on their favorite First Music commission at the March 12th performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Led by Dr. Lisa Tipton, the NYYS Chamber Music Program continues to provide coaching sessions and master classes with members of the Shanghai Quartet, The Juilliard Quartet, Orpheus and Imani Winds, and more. Dr. Kyle Blaha will continue as director of the NYYS Composition Program in its partnership with BMI and ASCAP, and host sessions with renowned composers including Paola Prestini, and more.

As the premier independent music education organization for ensemble training in the New York metropolitan area, the NYYS has provided over 6,000 music students unparalleled opportunities to perform at world-class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center and to study with world-renowned artists, all tuition-free. Beyond the instruction from accomplished musicians, students gain valuable life skills — commitment, discipline, focus, collaboration — and friendships that last a lifetime.

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Performances for the 2018/19 Season include:

ORCHESTRA
Michael Repper, music director
Three performances at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage:
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2 PM
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Natalie Dietterich: light, beloved with Jiji, guitar (First Music world première)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2 PM
Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade in A minor
Korngold: Violin Concerto with Tai Murray, violin
Theo Chandler: Electric Agitation Fanfare (First Music world première)
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “New World”
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2 PM
Ryan Lindveit: Close Up at a Distance (First Music commissioned world première)
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor with Fei-Fei, piano
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Tour to Spain, June/July 2019
Theo Chandler: Electric Agitation Fanfare (First Music commission)
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor with Fei-Fei, piano
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “New World”
Additional chamber music performances to be announced

JAZZ
Andy Clausen, director
Three performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center:
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:30 & 9:30 PM with Roxy Coss, saxophone
Tenor Titans featuring the world premiere of Zachary Rich’s Old News (First Music commission)
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:30 & 9:30 PM with Ryan Keberle, Matt Holman, guest conductors.
NYYS First Music Commissioning Series 35th Anniversary featuring the world premiere of Sam Wolsk’s Not a Day Missed (First Music commission)
The Appel Room:
Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM with Arturo O’Farrill, pianist/composer
Afro-Latin Jazz: Past, Present, and Future featuring the world premiere of Dave Meder’s The Great Hill (First Music Commission)

CHAMBER MUSIC
Dr. Lisa Tipton, director
Three performances:
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM at National Arts Club
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Scandinavia House
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
Baldwin Giang: brunetto (First Music commissioned world première)

COMPOSITION
Dr. Kyle Blaha, director
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7:30 PM at Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space
Featuring original student compositions performed by members of all NYYS programs

NYYS Orchestra, led by music director Michael Repper, kicks off the season on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2 pm with the first of three performances at Carnegie Hall, with guitartist Jiji performing First Music commission light, beloved by Natalie Dietterich. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances round out the program. The Monday, March 4, 2019 at 2 pm concert will feature violinist Tai Murray performing Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade in A minor, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, and First Music commission Electric Agitation Fanfare by Theo Chandler will complete the program. The season concludes on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2 pm with pianist Fei-Fei, joining the orchestra for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and First Music commission Close Up at a Distance by Ryan Lindveit will close out the program. The orchestra continues its free community concerts at Ansche Chesed (251 W. 100th Street) on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2 pm and Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2 pm.

NYYS Jazz, led by director Andy Clausen, will swing into the 2018/19 season showcasing both classic and contemporary arrangements of big band mainstays. The season opens at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on Tuesday, December 4, 2017 with Tenor Titans, sets at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Rising star saxophonist Roxy Coss pays tribute to the great tenor titans of jazz, including Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and more. The program also includes original compositions from Ms. Coss’ critically acclaimed 2018 release, The Future Is Female. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the First Music commissioning program, Mr. Clausen invites former NYYS Jazz directors Ryan Keberle and Matt Holman to rejoin NYYS Jazz at Dizzy’s on Tuesday, March 12, 2018 at 7:30 and 9:30 pm, to conduct some of their favorite First Music commissions. The jazz season closes on Monday, May 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm at The Appel Room featuring pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill in Afro-Latin Jazz: Past, Present, and Future. The final program will include repertoire by Machito, Chico O’Farrill, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, and more.

World premières by Zachary Rich, Sam Wolsk, and Dave Meder will be performed on each program through the First Music commissioning program. The NYYS Jazz band will extend its free community concerts out to Brooklyn at Sir D’s Lounge on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 8pm Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8 pm, and Monday, April 29, 2019 at 8 pm.

NYYS Chamber Music program, led by director Dr. Lisa Tipton, offers young musicians an opportunity to explore the often complex dialogue between instruments as a metaphor for learning skills that emphasize open communication, harmony, and compromise. An Evening with Friends is the underlying theme of each performance. National Arts Club will host the first of three exhilarating chamber performances starting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm, followed by Scandinavia House on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Baldwin Giang’s brunetto will receive its world premiere at Weill Recital Hall.

NYYS Composition program, led by Dr. Kyle Blaha, has broken new ground in its acclaimed sessions for younger composers to examine orchestration styles, techniques, and skills. The annual Composition Date 2019 performance, to be held at Symphony Space on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 7:30 pm, will include original student compositions performed by members of the Orchestra, Chamber Music, Jazz, and Robert L. Poster Apprentice Conducting programs.
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New York, NY – Five-time Grammy Award winner Maria Schneider will join director Andy Clausen and the NYYS Jazz at The Times Center on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:30, in a program that caps off Schneider’s extended residency with the ensemble, and spotlight a rich cross-section of music from across her storied career. The program will also feature the world première of First Music commission Torgbui by Jonathan Ragonese.

Through its First Music program, the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) has selected seven of America’s emerging orchestra, chamber music, and jazz composers under age 30 to write commissions for the 56th Season, which marks the 35th anniversary of the First Music program. The works will be premiered by NYYS Orchestra and NYYS Chamber Music Program at Carnegie Hall, and NYYS Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and in a new partnership with the Interlochen Center for the Arts, one grand prize winner will have its mid-West premiere by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Called "invaluable" by The New York Times, the NYYS First Music commission program has been widely acknowledged as one of the leading forces in the United States for bringing the work of gifted young composers to the public’s attention for the past 34 years. Click here for full press release

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