The New York City-based New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Michael Repper, is made up of young musicians ages 12-22 from throughout the New York region. The orchestra had to cancel its spring concert at Carnegie Hall due to the coronavirus crisis, but in a moving display of hope, community and resilience, 71 members came together virtually from home isolation to perform this uplifting movement from Mahler's Symphony No. 1, “Titan.” The video, which was edited by NYYS violinist Raina Tung, is now available to watch and share: https://youtu.be/ezZosUYlvMo
NYYS's Mahler broadcast was featured in the April 23rd New York Times' article "The Learning Bulletin Board," about the best innovations for student engagement during the time of Coronavirus. Other recent press features on the New York Youth Symphony's virtual orchestra include The Washington Post, NBC New York, and The Times UK.
Founded in 1963, the New York Youth Symphony is internationally recognized for its award-winning and innovative educational programs for talented young musicians. As the premier independent music education organization for ensemble training in the New York metropolitan area, the NYYS has provided over 7,000 music students unparalleled opportunities to perform at world-class venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Sawdust, Joe’s Pub, and TheTimesCenter, and to study with world-renowned artists.
All of NYYS’s programs — Orchestra, Jazz, Chamber Music, Composition, Musical Theater Songwriting, and Conducting — are moving to online curriculum this spring, including seminars, practice and listening assignments, and masterclasses, to keep NYYS students musically active, engaged, and looking ahead to next season. Online seminars and master classes that are open to the public will be announced as they are scheduled. Meanwhile, the NYYS has launched a new social distancing, social media practice challenge for its students using the hashtag #PleaseDontStopTheMusic. Students will send video of themselves taking various practice challenges issued by their program directors, which NYYS will share via social media. Follow NYYS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to view the challenge results.