The New York Youth Symphony is the most awarded youth program of its kind in the nation, recognized for its innovative, tuition-free educational programs for talented young musicians. Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians ages 12-22, NYYS activities now features programs in jazz, chamber music, conducting, composition, and musical theater composition, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Public Theater.
The NYYS is proud to welcome qualified students from all backgrounds to participate. NYYS ensembles will present more than 20 free and ticketed performances a season, including concerts at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center, reaching an audience of approximately 8,500 people. Through its commissioning program, First Music, the NYYS has commissioned over 160 works from young composers since 1984.
The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) Orchestra and Chamber groups will make their European debut on a 10-day tour to Spain from June 26 until July 7, 2019. It will be the orchestra’s second international tour, after a successful trip to Argentina in 2015. For this trip, they printed up matte die cut stickers highlighting a Spanish theme with a flamenco dancer on the right side of the sticker and their logo on the left side. They have their group name through middle of the design, with a nice touch of red type for the word "Youth." The tagline showcases the Spain Tour 2019 text, and the dancer's red shoe breaking through the letter "o" in symphony. It's a compact design with a lot of flair, and it will travel through Spain with style as these young musicians make their way across the Spanish countryside from Valladolid, Seville, Ronda, and Málaga then off to Madrid.
It will be the first-ever international tour for the chamber music program. For many of the young musicians of NYYS, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. This tour also offers an opportunity for cultural exchange, including side-by-side performances with Spanish students from Proyecto 10, Asociación Joven Orquesta Provincial de Málaga (JOPMA). These cultural exchanges will be first-hand educational interactions for the NYYS orchestra students to gain new perspectives on the world being a global musical citizen. Led by Dr. Lisa Tipton, ten NYYS chamber music groups will perform works by composers including Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Shostakovich, and more.
Bon voyage and bravo to this group of intrepid musicians.