The New York Youth Symphony is the most awarded youth program of its kind in the nation, recognized for its innovative educational programs for talented young musicians.
Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in jazz, chamber music, conducting, composition, and musical theater songwriting, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater. Through its commissioning program, First Music, the NYYS has commissioned over 160 works from young composers since 1984.
With its sophisticated programming, performances in one of the world's greatest concert halls, the New York Youth Symphony's Orchestra sets itself apart as one of the finest in the nation.
The Chamber Program is an excellent opportunity for players to enhance their musical abilities, improve their performance confidence, and develop interpersonal skills within small group settings.
The New York Youth Symphony's Jazz Band is a 17-member ensemble dedicated to studying, rehearsing, and performing classic big band jazz music, featuring world-renowned soloists and new works by emerging jazz composers.
The New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program, formerly known as "Making Score," is the first series of workshops in the country for young musicians to explore the world of composition and orchestration.
The Robert L. Poster Apprentice Conducting Program gives aspiring conductors the opportunity to study the art through technique, score analysis, podium time, and observation under the guidance of the Orchestra's Music Director and Assistant Conductor.
"When it comes to making new music a natural part of the concert going experience, few orchestras in the United States can match the record of the New York Youth Symphony." -The New York Times
ASCAP awards for adventuresome programming
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