Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute will launch a National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) in 2013. Around 120 instrumentalists will get the chance to work with principals from top US orchestras during a two-week residency at Purchase College, State University of New York. The orchestra will then perform under conductor Valery Gergiev at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, before giving concerts in Moscow, St Petersburg and London.

NYO-USA will run annually in the summer (the 2013 dates are 30 June to 23 July). Instrumentalists aged 16 to 19 who are US citizens or permanent residents can apply for the programme, but only if they are not full-time music students. Potential participants have until 7 September 2012 to register online.