Viola Student Wins Coveted Seat in Youth Orchestra of the Americas

Phillip Glass and Manuel Tábora at the First Annual Days and Nights Festival.

Manuel Tábora, a first-year viola MA candidate studying with Professor Christine Rutledge, will be traveling to China in December and January with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (www.yoa.org).  Tábora also serves as a research assistant for the School of Music’s Center for New Music Ensemble. Tábora will perform in the cities of Chongquing, Guanzhou, Shangai, Dalian, Xian, and Bejing.  As a member of the YOA String Quartet, Manuel was also in residence at the first Annual Days and Nights Festival in Carmel Valley and Big Sur, California, founded by Phillip Glass.  

 
Led by Artistic Advisor Plácido Domingo and Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, Youth Orchestra of the Americas is a multicultural, world-class symphony orchestra of 100 gifted young musicians, ages 18 and 30, from more than 20 countries of the Western Hemisphere. YOA’S mission is to bring together energetic, talented musicians to pursue excellence and celebrate cultural diversity as a catalyst for social change. In ten years, YOA has become an international brand by bringing renowned artists— from Yo-Yo Ma to Paquito D’Rivera, from Plácido Domingo to Philip Glass— into the lives of young musicians and diverse audiences.

Free and open auditions are held annually in January via YouTube, removing the cost of international postage, to ensure that any deserving and eligible musician can apply. Following adjudication by a prestigious faculty, all musicians in the new orchestra participate on full-scholarship, to achieve the greatest equality and diversity possible. Congratulations Manuel!
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