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Program Overview

With its sophisticated programming, performances in one of the world's greatest concert halls, superb musical leadership under Music Director Andrew J. Kim, new works commissioned of the nation's best young composers, outstanding soloists, and professional-level attitude, the Grammy Award winning New York Youth Symphony Orchestra sets itself apart as one of the finest ensembles in the nation.

The orchestra released their first professional recording album on Avie Records during the Covid-19 pandemic featuring pianist Michelle Cann, which won the 2022 Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. The album can be streamed/purchased here.

The orchestra has toured to Spain and Argentina, and will go on tour to Greece in 2024. The orchestra also has made live appearances on CNN with Billy Ray Cyrus, on Jimmy Fallon with JVKE, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Misty Copeland.


First Music & Fellowships

Each season, the Orchestra performs the world premiere of three pieces by young American composers commissioned through the First Music program. Orchestra members collaborate with today’s most gifted young composers in a unique opportunity for both composer and player to realize musical dreams and surmount the challenges of giving the world a new work of art. See the First Music page for more information.

Fellowships are offered each season to principal string, wind, brass, and percussion players. Additional fellowships are awarded to students who mentor first-year members. Fellows have unique responsibilities within their section, participate in community outreach, and make a commitment for performing new works by students of the Composition program at the annual Orchestration Reading Workshop and Composition Date Concert.

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"I love the environment that NYYS creates, since I am able to interact with other students with an equal passion for music."

Iris Sung, Violin

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Composition Date 2023: clear of the closing do--



Beethoven Symphony No. 7, 4th Movement



Composition Date 2023: Scherzo in F minor

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