On Janury 30, 2020, Academy student Dorothy Junginger was accepted to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) for the 2020 season. Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the NYO-USA, a free program for all participants. Following a comprehensive audition process and a three-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world while serving as dynamic music ambassadors.

Dorothy is a Junior at Valley High School and serves as the Principal Violist of the Academy's Youth Symphony. She is also a member of the Academy's Honors String Quartet, coached by Mary Pshonik and takes private lessons with Sherida Josephson.

This summer, as a member of NYO-USA, Dorothy will have the opportunity to play Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto. Celebrated violinist Midori will join the orchestra for a tour of North America—NYO-USA’s first since 2014—performing Sibelius’s Violin Concerto.

The 2020 NYO-USA program runs from July 1 through approximately August 2. It will begin with a two-and-a-half–week residency at Purchase College, SUNY, where musicians will work with Orchestra Director James Ross and a faculty of extraordinary players from many of America’s leading orchestras.

Congratulations! To be chosen for the orchestra is a remarkable accomplishment and a tribute to Dorothy's hard work, talent, and passion for music, and we are thrilled to celebrate her success!