June 1, 2016

Music knows no boundaries: A letter of support for the EUYO

Today New World Symphony President and CEO Howard Herring and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas sent a joint letter to the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, urging the Commissioner to support core funding for the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) that would enable its survival.

Without this crucial funding from the European Union, the EUYO will cease to exist after September 1, 2016 -- silencing a 40 year source of European pride and inspiration.

The full text of the letter appears below:

June 1, 2016

Dear Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport:

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, joins the many individuals and organizations that support the call for President Juncker, President Schulz and Commissioner Navracsics to act and make available, with urgency, a level of EU core funding for our partner, the European Union Youth Orchestra, that will enable its survival. We understand that without direct core funding from the EU this unique organization will cease to exist after 1 September 2016 which would silence a 40 year source of European pride and inspiration. The European Union Youth Orchestra is one the great Cultural Ambassadors of the European Union, and during its long illustrious history has been a consistent beacon of excellence for the EU’s highest values and ideals.

Music crosses all barriers – demographic, political and cultural. When these young talented musicians come together they leave agendas at the door and come together to work as a precision team. This team shares goals of performing music at the highest level and reaching, on an emotional and intellectual level, the greatest number of EU citizens. No other organization has enjoyed such unity of purpose and shared pride of achievement. To silence their voices would be an incalculable loss for these young musicians and the European Union.

The EUYO inspires beyond the boundaries of Europe. The very existence of the New World Symphony is a product of one of those inspirations. Our co-founder, Lin Arison, who was recently awarded the National Medal of Arts, heard Georg Solti conduct the EUYO in England. She and her husband, the late Ted Arison, could not believe that such young musicians were so excellent and enthusiastic. She stated that within three notes, she and Ted decided to come back to Miami and start a training orchestra of young musicians. That was the beginning of the New World Symphony. Without this inspiration, we would have not existed. In the past 28 years, we have trained over one thousand musicians to be leaders in orchestras and ensembles; individuals who have greatly enriched the cultural life of communities both here in the United States and in Europe.

Again, we urge the Presidents and the Commissioner to make available an adequate level of core funding for this outstanding orchestra.


Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director
Howard Herring, President and CEO

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