Two Santa Monica High School students have been chosen to participate in the Inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America this summer in New York.
Senior trumpet player Eli Brown and junior oboe player Ryan Roberts will represent Samohi in the national orchestra launched by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The orchestra enables youth from around the nation to join a faculty of leading orchestral musicians, and a world-class conductor for an intensive two-week residency, followed by a tour.
As members of the orchestra between June 30 and July 23, the students will work with orchestra director James Ross and principal players from some of America’s top orchestras during a residency at Purchase College in Purchase, NY. The participating musicians will be taught and mentored by players from some of the most celebrated American orchestras.
They will then embark on a tour with maestro Valery Gergiev, principal conductor of the London Symphony, and violin soloist Joshua Bell, traveling to Washington, D.C., St. Petersburg, Russia, Moscow, and London.

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