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Lehi violist Lily Springer chosen for Carnegie Hall's NYO2 program

Lily Springer, a violist from Lehi, has been chosen by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to participate with many other musicians ages 14-17 from around the country in NYO2, an intensive two-week summer program for young instrumentalists.
Lily Springer, a violist from Lehi, has been chosen by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to participate with many other musicians ages 14-17 from around the country in NYO2, an intensive two-week summer program for young instrumentalists.
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LEHI — Lily Springer was in seventh grade when she first picked up the viola. When she began playing for the first time, Springer said, she didn't really know what the viola was. She said she remembers seeing the violin, viola, cello and bass on the orchestra roster, and knowing that she wanted to play a string instrument. She chose the viola, and things have only gone up from there, she said.

“The viola is a little bit bigger with a more mellow register than the violin,” Springer said. “It has one lower string, same strings as the cello, so it is just a little bit lower, but it has a range more true to the human voice, which gives it a very unique performance for the instrument.”

Now, four years later, Springer, 16, has been chosen by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute to join many others from around the country in the inaugural year of NYO2.

NYO2 is an intensive two-week summer program for young American instrumentalists ages 14-17 who are chosen from groups that are underserved and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field, according to its website. Springer, along with 77 other young instrumentalists, will perform at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia on July 2 alongside the members of The Philadelphia Orchestra with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero.

“(NYO2) is a national youth orchestra program for students who generally struggle to afford student camps and orchestra programs since they can get really expensive,” Springer said. “It is a really cool thing for less privileged individuals who are passionate about music to be able to get together and have the opportunity to work with really good musicians.”

Springer remembers how excited she was when she got the email that said she’d been accepted into the program, which runs June 18-July 4.

"I did this huge process to audition, and getting the chance to be in this program is so exciting," Springer said.

Springer hopes this opportunity will help her grow as a player and a performer. She said she thinks it is a really good way for a hopeful future orchestral musician to get a foot in the door.

“Just being able to work with kids across the country who share the same passion for music that I do is amazing, (and) to see all the different experiences and to be able to work with members from the Philadelphia Orchestra,” Springer said. “I want to go into music, and I hope to really bring music to the general public.”

More information about NYO2 and its participants is available at carnegiehall.org/nyo2/OrchestraRoster.

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