Old Mill High student selected for National Youth Orchestra

Henry WhitakerOld Mill High School senior Henry Whitaker has been selected by Carnegie Hall to be a member of the first-ever National Youth Orchestra of the United States.

Carnegie Hall recently announced the names of the 120 exceptional young musicians from across America who have been specially selected to come together from June 30 through July 23, 2013, to create the orchestra. Whitaker, an International Baccalaureate student and trumpet player, was one of those selected.


First ever National Youth Orchestra of the USA formed

Hailing from 42 states, the musicians ages 16–19, have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest in the country following a comprehensive audition process.

The musicians of the first National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America will travel to New York in late June for a rigorous two-week training residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York. They will be working with some of the country's best professional orchestral players.

The young musicians will then have the opportunity to represent their country as the NYO-USA undertakes its inaugural international tour with stops at Washington DC's Kennedy Center, followed by dates in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London.

Internationally renowned conductor Valery Gergiev will lead the NYO-USA in its first year, with the ensemble joined this summer by acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell as soloist. The orchestra's concert program will include Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, and a new work by young American composer Sean Shepherd, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for NYO-USA. Specific tour dates and venues for all cities will be announced in late spring 2013.

For details visit National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America website.