Outreach Concerts

Orchestra students perform for the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's

Outreach Concerts

Bringing joy to children with special needs

"I sincerely hope you will come back very soon to continue this great work. I want to personally thank each and every one of your young performers. I think often they cannot know how much they are helping with their effort."  Alessandro Ricciarelli - Music Therapist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering

New York Youth Symphony's Performances for Special Audiences are live performances by chamber music and jazz musicians for children and senior citizens at various facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York. The NYYS arranges these performances through its partners including Concerts in Motion, Grand Street Residence, Wintergarden, Lenox House, and Mt. Sinai’s KidZone, the Harmony Program, Orchestra of St. Luke’s Youth Orchestra at the Police Athletic League, and Sing for Hope. This form of music education and exposure is vital to the future generations of students who do not receive arts education in their schools. Within the care facilities, music therapy can improve overall rehabilitation of the therapy recipients and increase their motivation to become engaged in their treatment, depending on the nature of the disability. This unique experience also enables our players to use their talents to make a difference in people’s lives.

The Programs

Performances are planned for the following facilities:

  • Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center
    ESPC is a 136-bed nursing home in Manhattan for children with multiple disabilities.
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Performances at this hospital in Manhattan will be given in the pediatric unit for children with cancer.
  • Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital
    KidZone TV is a live, interactive broadcast performance on closed caption tv for patients in the hospital.
  • Senior Citizen Facilities
    Though our collaboration with Concerts in Motion, ensembles will perform at various senior citizen centers throughout New York City.