Four current Academy students and 27 former campers have been selected to be among the first participants of the newly established National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. The ensemble will perform in Washington D.C., London, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, and will be conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev, joined by renowned violinist Joshua Bell.
"We're thrilled to have such a large group of students representing Interlochen in the National Youth Orchestra," said Kedrik Merwin, director of music at Interlochen Center for the Arts. "Interlochen students will be a huge presence in the ensemble, which says volumes about the quality of an Interlochen education and the calibre of our students. I am looking forward to seeing our students’ and teachers’ efforts recognized on a national stage.”
"I am really looking forward to ... traveling the world together as an ensemble, representing our country and working with the some of the best musicians of today," said Sebastian Zinca, a double bass player.
While many countries around the world have established national youth orchestras, the United States has not, despite its abundant economic and cultural resources. "This is such a positive step forward for music and culture in our country," said Merwin. "It is heartwarming to see this kind of investment in classical music. In the long run, efforts like this will help sustain and develop a national audience for the music we all love."