3 Merit Musicians Participate in NYO-USA’s Summer Tour


Merit’s NYO-USA musicians this summer (photos clockwise from left): Joshua Mhoon (right); Jaila Carr (top right); Quincey Trojanowski (front left). Photos courtesy of NYO-USA.


This summer, three Merit musicians were selected to participate in the Weill Institute of Music’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) programs and experienced extraordinary performance opportunities, like the chance to play in Carnegie Hall, go on tour, and travel throughout Asia with their orchestra.

Quincey Trojanowski, a senior bassoonist, performed with NYO-USA’s top ensemble. Joshua Mhoon, a sophomore pianist, and Jaila Carr, a senior horn player, played with NYO2.

After a three-week residency at SUNY Purchase in upstate New York that included intensive rehearsals, workshops, and instruction from inspiring professionals, NYO2 performed a concert at Carnegie Hall before hitting the road for a residency with New World Symphony in Miami. Meanwhile, NYO-USA embarked on a five-stop Asian tour with engagements in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon.

See the videos below for more from Quincey, Joshua, and Jaila’s summer “break.”