Santa Monica High School student Ryan Roberts, a senior oboe player, has been chosen, one more time, to participate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, school district officials said.
Last year, Roberts was selected and participated in the Inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, and traveled on a tour with maestro Valery Gergiev, principal conductor of the London Symphony, and violin soloist Joshua Bell, traveling to Washington, DC, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and London.
As a 2014 member of NYO-USA, Roberts will have the opportunity to be part of the orchestra’s first United States tour, one that will introduce NYO-USA to its home audience in a coast-to-coast journey with two of America’s foremost musicians, conductor David Robertson and violinist Gil Shaham.
A highlight of this year’s tour will be NYO-USA’s Carnegie Hall debut, which will be broadcast live by WQXR and on other public radio stations nationwide. NYO-USA’s 2014 season runs from July 5 through Aug. 6, and begins with a two-week residency at Purchase College, SUNY, in Purchase, N.Y., where the orchestra will train with Orchestra Director James Ross and a faculty of the finest principal players from many of America’s greatest orchestras.