TPHS musician to join National Youth Orchestra

Erica Hwang

Erica Hwang has been awarded a spot in the National Youth Orchestra, which is run by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Erica, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, is the associate concertmaster of the TPHS Advanced Orchestra. She is also the concertmaster of the San Diego Youth Symphony and a member of the SDYS Chamber Orchestra. She has studied violin for 10 years and currently studies with Peichun Tsai.

As a member of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO-USA), Erica will be in residence with the orchestra at Purchase College, SUNY, for three weeks this summer. Following that the orchestra will perform in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and make its first ever Latin American tour to Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogotá, Colombia.

The orchestra will be directed by American conductor Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire will include Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 as well as a new work commissioned by NYO-USA, a tone poem by celebrated composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

There are 110 musicians ages 16-19 in the orchestra this year. The application to NYO-USA requires excerpts, a three minute solo, a video essay, a written essay, and two to three letters of recommendation.

During the tour, the orchestra will have additional concert and rehearsal activities with the top youth orchestra musicians in each of the cities it visits. This is the fifth year that the NYO-USA has toured. Previous tour destinations were Russia, China, Europe, and a coast-to-coast tour of the United States.