116 Young Musicians Selected for 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the USA

The 116 young musicians selected to take part in the 5th annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States have been announced

National Youth Orchestra United States 2017

Carnegie Hall, in New York City has today announced the 116 young musicians selected from across the United States to take part in the 5th annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States.

This year’s programme and orchestral tour, lead by Maestra Marin Alsop, will include performances at Carnegie Hall and Purchase College, State University of New York – plus a South American tour of Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia.

The highly competitive program for exceptionally talented 16-19 year old orchestral students, is free for all participants – ensuring that all young musicians within the United States have the opportunity to take part.

“We are thrilled to launch the National Youth Orchestra of the USA’s inaugural tour to Latin America with these young artists serving as remarkable musical ambassadors for the US,” Carnegie Hall Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson has said.

“The musicians who make up NYO-USA’s 2017 roster are truly among the very best in our country, and we look forward to embarking on another wonderful summer of music-making … ” he has said.

The 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America musicians are:


  • Fiyi Adebekun
  • Jonathan Altman
  • Kelsea Kyu-Ri Au
  • Kevin Bai
  • Anna Black
  • Simon Luke Brown
  • Maya Bulos
  • Claire Cai
  • Daniel Choo
  • Jonathan Chu
  • Chelsea Cline
  • Allyson Cohen
  • Hannah Duncan
  • Isabella Egawa
  • Daniel Guevara
  • Chloe Harvel
  • Kingston Ho
  • David Horak
  • Erica Yeawon Hwang
  • Evan Johanson
  • Ellie Kanayama
  • Haeun Kim
  • Andrew Y. Kim
  • Alyssa Kim
  • Andrew Lee
  • Johnny May
  • Serena Shapard
  • Emilia Sharpe
  • Natasha von Bartheld
  • Jason Wang
  • Annalisa Welinder
  • William Yao


  • Steven Baloue
  • Kayla Cabrera
  • Sophie Choate
  • Emma DeJarnette
  • Juliette Duguid
  • Matthew Garcia
  • Andrew Hughes
  • Tyler Jacoby
  • Sean Juhl
  • Alex Koller
  • Conor McAvinue
  • Peter Morin
  • Tabby Rhee
  • Karlie Roberts


  • Joshua Chiang
  • Ryan Chung
  • Drew Dansby
  • Simon Housner
  • Dylan Howard
  • Annie SeEun Hyung
  • David S. Kim
  • Sang-O Park
  • Isabel Won
  • Alexander Wu
  • Esther Yu
  • Joy Zhao


  • Diego Garza-Romero
  • Redd Coltrane Ingram
  • Pablo Kennedy
  • Rachel Martin
  • Dimitrios Mattas
  • Ella Sharpe
  • Willie Swett
  • Sarah Wager
  • Ryan Wahidi


  • Sophia Jean
  • Danielle Kim
  • Jarrett May
  • Arin Sarkissian
  • Jessica Shand


  • Peter Davies
  • Mekhi Gladden
  • Elias Medina-Brewster
  • T. Colton Potter
  • Kate Wegener


  • Amer Hasan
  • Daniel Kim
  • Jonathan López
  • Anders Peterson
  • Katia Waxman


  • Christopher Chung
  • Allen Jiang
  • Connor Reilly
  • Samuel Rhoton
  • Tatia Slouka

French Horn

  • Jennifer Bywaters
  • Nathan Cloeter
  • August Haller
  • Elisabeth Pesavento
  • Scott Sanders
  • Emma Shaw
  • Michael Stevens
  • Shawn Zheng


  • Aaron DuBois
  • EJ Miranda
  • Shane O’Brien
  • James Vaughen


  • Christopher Houlihan
  • Hanae Yoshida

Bass Trombone

  • David Schonberger


  • Joshua Lewis

Percussion, Harp and Keyboard

  • Alvin Chung
  • Jeremy Davis
  • Omar El-Abidin
  • Simon Herron
  • Braden Vaughn
  • Juanito Riveros
  • Clara Warford

Founder patrons for the project include the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, Ronald O. Perelman, the Robertson Foundation, Beatrice Santo Domingo, Robert F. Smith, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon and the Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.