New York Youth Symphony
The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) was founded in 1963 as the Youth Orchestra of New York. Its first performance at Carnegie Hall included music by Wagner and Britten performed by 80 young musicians, as well as the Beethoven Violin Concerto featuring a young Israeli violinist, Itzhak Perlman. Now in its 57th season, the NYYS is a leader in music education, performance, and commissioning in the metropolitan area. It is nationally recognized for innovative programs in orchestral training, conducting, chamber music, jazz, composition, and musical theater songwriting. More than 260 musicians ages 12-22 enroll through merit-based auditions each fall and participate in its high-impact programs.
The NYYS is proud to provide teen and college-age musicians invaluable opportunities to train for professional careers and prepare for life while making pivotal decisions about their future. Critically acclaimed concerts are given annually for more than 6,500 people in renowned venues, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Joe’s Pub, Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, and TheTimesCenter.