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NYO-USA musicians have been playing together in recording sessions and working with Emmy Award winner Habib Azar in preparation for the program’s culminating streamed performance on Saturday, July 24 at 3 PM. On Wednesday, July 21, NYO-USA, along with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, recorded Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”, Movements 1, 2, 3 and 4.

VC LIVE | Live with Carnegie Hall's 2021 National Youth Ensembles

Today's stream features the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America led by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. NYO2 led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen and NYO Jazz lead by Artistic Director and Bandleader Sean Jones

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Today's stream features the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America led by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. NYO2 led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen and NYO Jazz lead by Artistic Director and Bandleader Sean Jones


Each summer, New York City’s Carnegie Hall brings together young, aspiring orchestral musicians from across the United States to train and perform as part of its three national youth ensembles: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO2, and NYO Jazz

Free for all participants, the prestigious program involves an intensive three-week residency and is typically followed by an extensive European, Asian or South American tour and an culminating performance at Carnegie Hall.

“Although a tour is unable to happen, we decided to take advantage of the time and space without an audience to do more studio-style recording this year with our three ensembles,” Doug Beck, Director of Artist Training Programs at Carnegie Hall this week told The Violin Channel.

“The 208 talented young musicians, from 40 different states, who participated in this year somewhat-pivoted program at Purchase College, just outside of New York City, have instead all come together to present a culminating free digital concert to be streamed internationally on July 24th on Carnegie Hall and The Violin Channel’s website and social channels.”

“Our decision to go ahead with the program is certainly a testament to the importance the institution feels this program has. It’s a real joy to work with such thoughtful, talented, and interesting people. I never expected being around 200 teenagers for a month would be as much fun as it is,” he said.






The free live streamed event, featuring all three 2021 USA National Youth Ensembles, will be streamed LIVE here on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 3.00 PM (ET) — 8.00PM London time and 4:00 AM Sunday in Seoul.




  • Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and the National Youth Orchestra of the United States

  • Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and NYO2

  • Artistic Director and Bandleader Sean Jones and NYO Jazz Ensemble



  • Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique"
  • Price | Ethiopia's Shadow in America
  • Hindemith | Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
  • Quincy Jones | "Pleasingly Plump"
  • Neal Hefti | "Cute"
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  • Duke Ellington/Laura Rembert | Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool (arr. Reginald Thomas)
  • John Clayton | “I Be Serious ’Bout Dem Blues”

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