Queen Anne & Magnolia News carrier Andrew Angelos recently earned a spot on the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute selects the orchestra’s 120 members — all ages 16 to 19, hailing from 33 U.S. states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico — following a comprehensive audition process. This is the second year of the orchestra.
The NYO-USA members will travel to New York in early July to begin their intensive two-week training residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, working with principal players from some of the country’s best professional orchestras.
The orchestra will be led by American conductor David Robertson and joined by virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham as soloist in summer 2014.
Following the two-week residency, NYO-USA will embark on an eight-city, coast-to-coast, U.S. tour. The 2014 U.S. tour will begin at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, N.Y., on July 20, followed by the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut in New York City on July 22, which can be heard worldwide via the “Carnegie Hall Live” broadcast and digital series (www.wqxr.org/#!/programs/Carnegie).
The orchestra’s tour continues with appearances at Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Mass., as part of the Tanglewood music festival (July 24); An Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone, N.C., (July 26); Chicago’s Millennium Park, as part of Grant Park Music Festival (July 28); Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, Wyom., as part of Grand Teton Music Festival (July 30); Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center (Aug. 2) in Rohnert Park, Calif.; and The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (Aug. 4).