Paul Novak, the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra’s principal flutist, has been offered one of two composer apprenticeships for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). Novak, 17, has performed with the Reno Phil’s youth orchestras since 2010 and attends the Davidson Academy.
“This is an incredible opportunity and I’m honored to represent the Reno Phil and our community with this prestigious apprenticeship.” Novak said.
Novak will study under Sean Shepherd, a former YSO bassoonist and accomplished contemporary composer. Novak’s apprenticeship will be for the 2016 NYO-USA season — he will attend an intensive summer program and perform at Carnegie Hall.
Novak also directs the Artemisia Chamber Ensemble, a youth chamber ensemble in Reno comprised of the top high school musicians in Reno. Working closely with several local composers, the group has performed world premieres of their compositions right here in Reno. Additionally, Novak has one several prestigious awards, including the YoungArts Foundation Merit award. He also won the National Young Composers’ Challenge, and took first prize winner for the Webster University National Composition Competition.
“There is an incredible amount of talent in our youth programs,” Tim Young, president and CEO of the Reno Phil, said. “Our dedicated team of instructors and motivated musicians like Paul make accomplishments such as this a true testament of the great things the Reno Phil has to offer our community.”
For more information on the Reno Phil and its educational programs, visit the website or call 775-323-6393.