The New York Youth Symphony and Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts have announced a long-term partnership focusing on supporting young musicians from across the social and economic spectrum. The partnership will provide scholarships to young orchestral musicians from underserved communities and create a co-commissioning and programming initiative for young orchestral composers. Each year the New York Youth Symphony awards need-based fellowships to five of its musicians. Valued at $5,000 apiece, these fellowships include year-round mentorship and help defray the cost of instruments, private lessons, transportation, and other expenses. Under the new partnership, Interlochen will match the fellowships, with all five fellows invited to attend Interlochen Arts Camp each summer with financial support. In addition, the New York Youth Symphony hosts an annual competition for composers between the ages of 18 and 30, awarding prizes in orchestral, chamber, and jazz music. Through the new partnership, Interlochen and the orchestra will award a grand prize of $3,000 to one of the three winners in the orchestral division, who will receive a commission to write a new orchestral work to be performed by NYYS at Carnegie Hall and by Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Posted March 5, 2018