Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Announces NYO Jazz Program

May 17, 2017

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) has announced that it will launch NYO Jazz, a four-week intensive summer program for young American jazz instrumentalists (ages 16-19), in the summer of 2018.

The program will bring jazz musicians from across the country together to work and train with their peers under a world-class faculty. Trumpeter, composer, and educator Sean Jones will lead NYO Jazz as first artistic advisor in 2018 and will direct the big band’s debut performance at Carnegie Hall in July 2018.

“We are excited to extend our acclaimed NYO initiatives from the classical realm to the world of jazz,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director. “NYO Jazz will offer the country’s brightest young jazz musicians unique opportunities to make music together, alongside the chance to be mentored by the finest jazz players, led by Sean Jones, a distinguished artist and dedicated educator with a deep commitment to cultivating young musicians. There is a wealth of talent across the country due to the variety of well-developed school and community jazz programs.NYO Jazz seeks to further develop students’ musical gifts and share their artistry with American and international audiences as superb musical youth ambassadors for the U.S.”

NYO Jazz will build on the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) and NYO2, both created by Carnegie Hall’s WMI in 2013 and 2016, respectively. NYO Jazz musicians will be in residency for two weeks at Purchase College, State University of New York, to train, rehearse, and collaborate among the three NYO ensembles. NYO Jazz will be free of charge to all participants.


“I am incredibly honored to have been invited by Carnegie Hall to be the artistic advisor and featured guest artist for NYO Jazz in its first year,” said Jones. “I look forward to sharing what promises to be an unforgettable, life-changing educational and cultural experience with the students who will come together to create NYO Jazz, as well as inspiring audiences with memorable performances that place the spotlight on our gifted youth and America’s beloved musical genre.”

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