Mahler from home: New York Youth Symphony crowdsources virtual performance, moves to online learning

Posted on: March 27, 2020

After the New York Youth Symphony was forced to cancel its spring concert at Carnegie Hall due to the coronavirus crisis, 71 members of the ensemble created a virtual performance of an excerpt from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”). The video was edited by NYYS violinist Raina Tung and can be viewed at the orchestra’s YouTube channel. All of NYYS’s programs—Orchestra, Jazz, Chamber Music, Composition, Musical Theater Songwriting, and Conducting—are moving to online curriculum this spring, including seminars, practice and listening assignments, and masterclasses. Online seminars and master classes that are open to the public will be announced as they are scheduled. The NYYS has launched a new social distancing, social media practice challenge for its students using the hashtag #PleaseDontStopTheMusic. Students will send video of themselves taking various practice challenges from program directors, which NYYS will share via social media. The challenge results will be posted on the NYYS’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The New York City-based orchestra, led by Music Director Michael Repper, is made up of young musicians ages 12-22 from throughout the New York region.