MERRITT ISLAND, Florida - Andrew Cheshire, a sophomore at Merritt Island High School, has been selected to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America by representatives of Carnegie Hall and its Weill Music Institute.
“I am so honored to be selected to perform with the NYO this summer,” Cheshire said. “I am blessed to have the support of my family and to have the best teachers you could imagine.”
Andrew has studied locally under Amy Harris Jevitt (the assistant concertmaster at Brevard Community College), Jennie Lou Klim, and Gina Crabbs.
Between June 30 and July 23, as a member of NYO-USA, Cheshire will work with orchestra director James Ross and principal players from some of America’s top orchestras during a residency at Purchase College in Purchase, New York.
He will then embark on a tour with maestro Valery Gergiev and violin soloist Joshua Bell, traveling to Washington, DC, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and London.
Previously, Cheshire was the winner of the FSYO Concerto Competition for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and was featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” on NPR Radio.
Next year, Cheshire hopes to attend the University of Southern California under the tutelage of violin great Midori Goto after completing his high school education in two years. He eventually hopes to play in a major symphony in the United States.
He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Gregg Cheshire of Merritt Island.