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Carnegie Hall offers free training for young jazz musicians

Five teens, two girls and three boys, stand on a New York street holding instruments. They are wearing black shirts and blazers and red pants.
Todd Rosenberg
Carnegie Hall
Members of the NYO Jazz ensemble

Talented musicians ages 16-19 from across the country have an opportunity to train with an all-star faculty of renowned musicians, perform on the famed Carnegie Hall stage and travel to some of the greatest concert halls in the United States.

Gifted young jazz musicians come together as NYO Jazz — one of Carnegie Hall’s three national youth ensembles — to study with and perform alongside world-class jazz masters.

Comprising outstanding young musicians ages 16-19 from across the U.S., NYO Jazz showcases the legacy and bright future of American jazz.

Led by artistic director Sean Jones, these remarkable musicians come together each summer to engage in a rigorous training residency with world-class jazz masters on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York.

In addition to the residency, NYO Jazz performs an annual concert at Carnegie Hall with a celebrated guest artist and embarks on a tour to some of the world’s great music capitals. The musicians serve as dynamic music ambassadors as they share this uniquely American genre with audiences around the globe.

Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 20 for the Summer NYO Jazz session, which starts in July 2022.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.