Kingwood Flutist Accepted to National Youth Orchestra  

  • Alyssa Tinsley has been accepted to participate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States this summer.  Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), a free program for all participants. Following a comprehensive audition process and a three-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, serving as dynamic music ambassadors. In 2018, the orchestra travels to Asia with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, performing a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Ted Hearne alongside works by Sibelius and Gershwin. The tour kicks off with the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall on July 19 continuing with stops in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon. 

    As a senior at Kingwood High School, Alyssa has played in the KHS Wind Ensemble under the direction of Destry Balch & Symphony under the direction of Dr. Christopher Reidlinger for 4 years and attended TMEA All State Symphony Orchestra twice where she was ranked first chair her sophomore year.  She is in her second year of the Houston Youth Symphony and Chamber program.  Last year she won the HYS Concerto competition and was featured as a soloist in the spring concert. She earned first place in the Houston Flute Club Young Artist Competition Senior Division in 2015.  She has spent her summers attending AFA, Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Jim Walkers Beyond the Master Class in Los Angeles. 

    Alyssa is still deciding her on her college, but plans to major in Flute Performance and hopes to play professionally and have a flute studio one day where she can share her passion for music with others.