Organization: Carnegie Hall


Project: Analyzing Interest, Acceptance, Persistence, and Promotion of Youth Instrumentalists in Carnegie Hall’s NYO2 Ensemble

2018 – Present


About the Project: NYO2 (National Youth Orchestra 2) is comprised of outstanding young instrumentalists between the ages of 14-17 from across the United States. Participating musicians attend an intensive summer training and performance program that provides opportunities to work closely with top players from American orchestras and conservatories during a residency at Purchase College, State University of New York. To ensure the continued growth and diversification of the field, NYO2 has a particular focus on recruiting musicians from communities underrepresented in classical music.


In 2018, Carnegie Hall and WolfBrown received a research grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to work with the staff, applicants, and participants in NYO2 to examine the program, its outcomes, and the implications for designing pathways to excellence for diverse young musicians. More specifically, WolfBrown team members have endeavored to collect and interpret application, acceptance, persistence, and promotion data from NYO2’s past participants and applicants. This includes analysis of application data and survey data as well as conducting onsite observations with students and teachers. In speaking with students and capturing data related to their musical persistence, the study aspires to understand what incubates or stimies a career in the arts.


To learn more about NYO2, visit https://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Programs/National-Youth-Ensembles/NYO2

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