New World Symphony (orchestra)

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This article is about the American orchestral academy. For the symphony by Antonín Dvořák, see Symphony No. 9 (Dvořák).
New World Symphony
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, Florida
United States
Coordinates 25°47′28″N 80°07′59″W / 25.791°N 80.133°W / 25.791; -80.133Coordinates: 25°47′28″N 80°07′59″W / 25.791°N 80.133°W / 25.791; -80.133
Type Full-time orchestral academy
Established 1987
Artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas

The New World Symphony is an American orchestral academy based in Miami Beach, Florida. Established in 1987, the organisation is a training ensemble for young musicians in their 20s in preparation for professional careers in classical music.[1] Since 2011, the New World Symphony has its headquarters in the New World Center.[2]

Members of the New World Symphony playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto, with soloist Johannes Moser as seen during a 2011 live outside "wallcast" at the New World Center

In 1987, Michael Tilson Thomas established the New World Symphony, with initial financial assistance from Ted Arison, the founder of Carnival Cruise Lines. Thomas and Arison had similar visions of a training orchestra for young conservatory graduates to assist them in finding employment with professional orchestras. The New World Symphony gave its first public concert on 4 February 1988 in Miami.[3] By the time of Arison's death in 1999, he had contributed $62M USD to the organisation.[4]

The New World Symphony offers three-year fellowships, where the programme offers a wide range of performance and educational opportunities in both domestic and international venues. The program offers opportunities for fellows to design and present their own concerts, which often feature seldom-heard works for unusual instrumentation. The training also includes mock auditions, financial management, donor and media relations, as well as opportunities for teaching in local schools.[4]

The New World Symphony presents a season of concerts from September to May at the 756-seat concert hall of the New World Center.[5] Performances include full-orchestra concerts, a chamber music series, a new music series, percussion consort series, small ensemble concerts, a family series, and special festivals and recitals.

On June 29, 2011, the New World Symphony Orchestra received the first place award for "Adventurous Programming" (group 2 orchestras) from ASCAP for its strong commitment to new American music.[6]


  1. ^ John Rockwell (1989-12-17). "Reviews/Music; New World Symphony, A Youthful Conduit". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  2. ^ Anthony Tommasini (2011-01-27). "A Voyage of Discovery As a New Hall Sets Sail". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  3. ^ Allan Kozinn (1998-02-07). "Music Review: Celebration and a Sampling". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  4. ^ a b Daniel J Wakin (2007-02-18). "The Face-the-Music Academy". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  5. ^ Nicolai Ouroussoff (2011-01-23). "Gehry Design Plays Fanfare for the Common Man". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  6. ^ League of American Orchestras: "ASCAP 'Adventurous Programming' Awards Presented at League of American Orchestras Conference in Minneapolis", accessed August 16, 2011

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