New York Youth Symphony’s Shauna Quill on guiding next generation of students to success

Posted on: November 11, 2019

“Founded in 1963 as an orchestra for gifted musicians between the ages of 12-22, the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) now … works with historically-marginalised communities [and] and partners with organisations including the Harmony Program, Harlem School for the Arts, the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Interlochen Arts Academy,” writes Gemma Peacocke in Tuesday’s (11/5) “Led by Executive Director Shauna Quill, the NYYS opens its 57th season on Sunday, November 17 at Carnegie Hall. Q: How does the New York Youth Symphony work with partner organisations … to expand access to … music? Quill: Our organizations are perfectly aligned to support each other. [The Harmony Program] starts at age 7 and ends at age 12, which is when our programs begin.… I am now further extending that pathway … through a partnership with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Q: How does your background as a flautist and alumna of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program influence your leadership of the organisation? Quill: I know first-hand the value of what the NYYS programs provide … and I can articulate that…. What makes us stand out is the level of our incredible students as well as the breadth of our six programs.”

Posted November 11, 2019