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Dobbs Ferry Cellist Named To National Youth Orchestra

Sofia Checa of Dobbs Ferry, a cellist, has been invited by Carnegie Hall to join 113 other young people from around the country in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.
Sofia Checa of Dobbs Ferry, a cellist, has been invited by Carnegie Hall to join 113 other young people from around the country in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Photo Credit: Contributed

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Dobbs Ferry cellist Sofia Checa has been invited by Carnegie Hall to join 113 other young people from around the country in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

This summer, the orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall before traveling to China on a seven-city tour led by conductor Charles Dutoit and featuring pianist YUNDI.

Checca is a Goju Karate instructor and has a 3rd degree black belt. She hopes to pursue a career in physics or social sciences and considers Shostakovich to be one of her musical heroes.

This summer, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America will come together for a third annual year of extraordinary music-making. The 2015 players begin with a two-week intensive training residency on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, from June 27 to July 9.

The training will be followed by nine concerts in the United States and abroad from July 10-26, at The Performing Arts Center in Purchase (Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m.), at Carnegie Hall in New York City (Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m.), and in seven Chinese cities as part of the orchestra’s first historic tour to Asia.

The members of the 2015 orchestra — all ages 16-19, hailing from 37 US states — have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest players in the country, following a comprehensive audition process.

This summer’s NYO-USA will feature 40 returning musicians from the 2013 and 2014 orchestras, as well as 25 musicians with Chinese ancestry, some of whom will be performing for extended family in China for the first time. The NYO-USA program is free for all participants. Click here for a full list of musicians.

Tickets for the Carnegie Hall concert, priced $26–$60, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org. Tickets for the Purchase College performance are available by calling 914-251-6200 or visiting The Performing Arts Center’s website at artscenter.org.

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