WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE TO RECORD YOUR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM WITH 87 MUSICIANS DURING THE PANDEMIC
The New York Youth Symphony overcomes the challenge of not being able to record in the same room and prepares to release its first album on April 8, 2022
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, March 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Eighty-seven musicians. A driver. A piano soloist. All expected to create a cohesive and seamless recording for the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) debut studio album. But then came COVID and with it a whole host of obstacles that conductors, sound engineers, producers and musicians never thought they would have to face.
“Our biggest challenge was that the whole orchestra could never be in the same room,” explained Michael Repper, Music Director of NYYS, the premier music education program inspiring young musicians. “One of the most powerful things about orchestras is that they unite dozens of musicians into one musical body, with its members able to listen to and react to each other in real time. We had to create the same experience without actually being in the same room together.”
The recording was unlike anything they had done before. First, the strings were recorded. Then the wind and percussion instruments played along with a rough recording of the other instruments, as they were recorded. “It was like putting together a huge puzzle where you only have a portion of the required pieces at a time,” Mr. Repper added. “We devised a special method of rehearsal, both online and in person, that limited our physical contact, and worked with the best engineers and producers in the business to brilliantly guide us through the process.” The musicians never heard what each other sounded like until the recording was finished. “The skill and resilience of these young musicians is truly inspirational, and the end result is proof of that,” added Grammy Award-winning producer Judith Sherman.
While the first album is untitled, an inherent theme of unity seems to run through not only the making of the album, but also the music that composes it. “The way our New York Youth Symphony community has come together and rallied around this project is truly inspiring,” said Shauna Quill, Executive Director of NYYS. “To complete this album and provide a sense of hope and light in an otherwise dark time is truly amazing and the perfect representation of togetherness.” Unity is also represented throughout the music with four works by three black female composers – Florence Price, Valerie Coleman and Jessie Montgomery – with one work, an American debut recording of Ms. Coleman’s Umoja, an anthem for Unity. “Although it’s been quite a journey to get here, there doesn’t seem to be a better time to celebrate unity and this album gives everyone that chance,” added Ms. Quill. The album is available on Apple Music, Amazon Music and Spotify.
Founded in 1963, NYYS is internationally recognized for its award-winning and innovative educational programs for talented young musicians. As the premier independent music education organization for ensemble training in the New York metropolitan area, NYYS has provided more than 7,000 music students with unparalleled opportunities to perform in world-class venues and to study with world-renowned artists.
Advance copies of the album and interviews available on request.
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