Carnegie Hall Announces Musicians of 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the USA

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Carnegie Hall Announces Musicians of 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the USA

Carnegie Hall today announced the names of the 120 outstanding young musicians from across America who have been selected to come together this summer as the second annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).

The members of the 2014 orchestra-all ages 16-19, hailing from 33 US states plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico-have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest players in the country, following a comprehensive audition process. This summer's NYO-USA will feature 26 returning musicians from the 2013 inaugural orchestra.

See below or click here for the names, instruments, and hometowns of the members of the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).

"The launch of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA in 2013 exceeded all our expectations, and it is with great enthusiasm that we bring this wonderful group of musicians together for another summer of top music-making in the program's second year," said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director. "The depth of musical talent found across this country is remarkable and the young players who make up NYO-USA's 2014 roster are amongst the very best."

The members of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA 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 dynamic 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 US tour, introducing concertgoers across the country to the extraordinary music-making of their nation's youth orchestra.

The 2014 US tour will begin at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, NY (July 20), followed by the orchestra's Carnegie Hall debut in New York City (July 22), a performance to be heard by music lovers worldwide via the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, created in partnership with WQXR and American Public Media. The orchestra's tour continues with appearances at Ozawa Hall in Lenox, MA as part of the Tanglewood music festival (July 24); Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts in Boone, NC at An Appalachian Summer Festival (July 26); the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, IL's Millennium Park as part of Grant Park Music Festival (July 28); Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, WY (July 30) as part of Grand Teton Music Festival; Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA (August 2); and culminating at The Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA (August 4).

The concert program to be performed at all tour venues will include the premiere of a new work from American composer Samuel Carl Adams, commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for NYO-USA; Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto with Mr. Shaham; and Ravel's arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Tickets for the Carnegie Hall concert will go on sale to the general public on April 15.

2014 Orchestra Roster

Michael Brown, Violin (Hoover)
Andrew Downs, Bass


Arkansas **

Carson Bohner, Violin (White Hall)
Brett A. Kelly, Trombone (Rison)


Carlos Aguilar, Flute (Escondido)
Matthew Chow, Violin (Los Altos)
Janice Gho, Bass (Cupertino)

Liam Glendening, Trombone

Aaron Grisez, Timpani/Percussion


Oliver Herbert, Cello (San Francisco)
Nathan Kirchhoff, Bassoon

(San Gabriel)*

Adrian Lin, Timpani/Percussion


Ryan Roberts, Oboe

(Santa Monica)*

Josephine Stockwell, Viola

(El Sobrante)

Dalton Tran, Clarinet


Alexander van der Veen, Violin

(Palo Alto)

Nathan Wong, Viola

(San Gabriel)*

Annie Wu, Flute (Pleasanton)*
Helen Wu, Violin


David Yoon, Timpani/Percussion



Andrew Burgan, Violin

Jeremy Kreutz, Cello (Loveland)
Alexi Whitsel, Violin


District of Columbia **

Lily Honigberg, Violin

(Washington DC)


Margaret Klucznik, Viola



Andrew Cheshire, Violin

(Merritt Island)*

Kaila DeLany, Oboe

(Tarpon Springs)

Alejandro Lombo, Flute


Connor Monday, Horn


Evan Musgrave, Bass

(Ormond Beach)

Athalie Claude-Lilia Vaval, Viola (Miami)
Kathryn Evans, Bass


Nathan Hung, Viola

(Peachtree City)

Madeline Miller, Bassoon


Keanu Mitanga, Violin (Atlanta)

Cassie Pilgrim, Oboe

Erin C. Pitts, Viola



Torin Alexander Bakke, Clarinet

(Buffalo Grove)

Garrett Chou, Cello (Northbrook)*

Karen Dai, Timpani/Percussion

Josh Davidoff, Apprentice Orchestra Manager


Nivanthi Karunaratne, Horn (Gurnee)

Jack McCammon, Horn

Alaina Rea, Viola (Orland Park)
Ricardo Zapata, Trumpet (Chicago)
Clara Abel, Cello (Indianapolis)*
Georgia Bourderionnet, Cello (New Orleans)

Eliot Haas, Cello

Rachel Barnett, Viola (Westminster)

Silvio Guitian, Clarinet

Chad Lilley, Alto Saxophone (Olney)
Henry Whitaker, Trumpet (Annapolis)*
Harrison Dilthey, Bass (North Adams)

Sharon Kim, Violin

Leah Meyer, Horn (Belmont)*
Elizabeth Sperry, Flute (Chelmsford)*
Reuben Stern, Bassoon (Needham)
Evan Wood, Cello



Rebecca Luppe, Orchestral Keyboard (Kalamazoo)
Caelan Stewart, Horn


Ivan Suminski, Violin

(Traverse City)


Arjun Ganguly, Viola

(St. Cloud)*

Anna Humphrey, Violin (Rogers)
Emma Richman, Violin (Minneapolis)
Liam Smith, Timpani/Percussion (Minneapolis)
Zakary Joyner, Violin (Sallis)
Sean Byrne, Viola (Chesterfield)*
Nevada **
Liam Mansfield, Violin (Las Vegas)
New Hampshire
Claire Walter, Violin (Keene)
New Jersey

Matthew Gajda, Trumpet

Tess Jacobson, Viola (Bridgewater)
James Lin, Violin (Bridgewater)
Hannah Lam, Violin (Cherry Hill)

David Kim, Clarinet

(Mount Laurel)
Soyeong Park, Violin (Princeton Junction)*
Evan Pasternak, Violin (Scotch Plains)
Samuel Wang, Violin (Medford)

Amy Zhang, Viola

New York

Tristen Jarvis, Bass

Faith Pak, Viola (Auburndale)
Phillip Solomon, Clarinet (Montrose)

Martine Thomas,Viola

Helen K. Wong, Violin (Rochester)

North Carolina

Gordon Ma, Violin


Willa Finck, Violin (Boone)
Aden Beery, Tuba



John Mietus, Bass

(Shaker Heights)
Chad Wesselkamper, Bass (Cincinnati)
Ann Yu, Violin (Hudson)

Grant Zempolich, Cello

(Shaker Heights)
Kevie Yu, Violin (Edmond)
Esther Aviana Platt, Violin (Ashland)
Katie Reinders, Viola (Portland)

Angela Tang, Violin

(West Linn)
Gabriel Young, Oboe (Ashland)*

Jessica Ding, Harp

(State College)
Rebecca Krown, Bassoon


Bihn Park, Cello (Haverford)
Inori Sakai, Violin (Pittsburgh)
Miles Shore, Bassoon (Yardley)
James Tobias, Trombone (Wynnewood)

Puerto Rico **

Rosa Ortega, Violin (San Juan)
South Carolina **

Paul Aguilar, Violin

Daniel H. Murray, Bass (Columbia)
Benjamin Parton, Violin (Sevierville)*
Abby Easterling, Flute (Grapevine)
Riley Giampaolo, Bass Trombone (Houston)

Lincoln Valdez, Trumpet

Molly Ann Langr, Harp (Salt Lake City)
Vermont **
David Fickes, Violin (Peacham)
Davey Van Beveren, Oboe (Chesapeake)
Tyler Cunningham, Timpani/Percussion (Vienna)
Andrew Angelos, Horn (Seattle)
Audrey Chen, Cello (Redmond)*
Hana Cohon, Cello (Seattle)
Alena Hove, Violin (Issaquah)

Bronwyn James, Violin

Trey Sakazaki, Apprentice Orchestra Librarian (Bellevue)
Sophia Stoyanovich, Violin (Bainbridge Island)*
Kartik Papatla, Cello


* Returning 2013 NYO-USA Member
** New State / Territory represented in 2014 NYO-USA

NYO-USA US Tour-Summer 2014
July 20 Performing Arts Center; Purchase, NY
July 22 Carnegie Hall; New York City, NY
July 24 Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood; Lenox, MA
July 26 Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts; Boone, NC
July 28 Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park; Chicago, IL
July 30 Walk Festival Hall; Teton Village, WY
August 2 Weill Hall, Sonoma State University's Green Music Center; Rohnert Park, CA
August 4 Walt Disney Concert Hall; Los Angeles, CA

About the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America: Each summer, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young musicians from across the country (ages-16-19) to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). Following a comprehensive audition process and a two-week training residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, with faculty made up of principal players from top American orchestras, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, serving as dynamic music ambassadors. Launched in summer 2013 to great critical acclaim, the first-ever National Youth Orchestra of the USA presented concerts with famed conductor Valery Gergiev and renowned violinist Joshua Bell for enthusiastic audiences in Washington DC; St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia; and at the BBC Proms in London, England.

In summer 2015, the members of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA will add more stamps to their passports as the ensemble makes its first tour to China.

Purchase College, State University of New York, has been a key partner in Carnegie Hall's NYO-USA program since its inception. During their two-week residency, orchestra members will be housed on Purchase College's scenic campus, located in Westchester County, just north of New York City, where they will undertake their initial training and rehearsals. All rehearsals will be centered at the College's highly-regarded Performing Arts Center and in the rehearsal studios of its School for the Arts Conservatory of Music. Capping the students' stay and the launch of the NYO-USA's performance activities will be a concert at the College's PAC for the public and college community.

James Ross, director of orchestral activities at the University of Maryland, returns this summer to lead the NYO-USA faculty for a second year. Comprising some of the finest players and section leaders from America's greatest orchestras and music schools, the faculty will oversee rehearsals during the orchestra's residency in Purchase and will conduct master classes, chamber music readings, and other seminars on essential music skills, all leading up to the launch of the orchestra's national tour. To learn more about NYO-USA, visit


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