Academy Student Beau Henson Selected for National Youth Orchestra

April 5, 2019


Each year, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute auditions thousands of young musicians ages 16-19 to play in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). This free program allows students from across the nation to participate in a three-week training residency at Purchase College, SUNY, and then to tour the US and Europe through the month of August.

Des Moines Symphony Academy student Beau Henson has been selected to perform in the violin section of this esteemed ensemble. He will have the opportunity to work with leading professional orchestra musicians including conductor Sir Antonio Pappano while performing works by Strauss, Prokofiev and Berlioz. The tour kicks off with concerts at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall featuring Isabel Leonard, followed by a performance in Berlin with Dame Sarah Connolly, and continuing with concerts in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany alongside Joyce DiDonato.

Beau Henson, a senior from Gilbert High School in Ames, is currently the Concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Youth Orchestra. He also plays in the Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Honors String Quartet, which has had great success at chamber music competitions throughout the 2018-19 school year.