Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Ryan Clever, Pinecrest senior, performs in concert. He has been invited to return to Carnegie Hall for the National Youth Orchestra. 


Pinecrest student invited to Carnegie Youth Orchestra 

Published March 3, 2022

CUMMING—Carnegie Hall and its Weill Music Institute has invited Pinecrest Academy Senior Ryan Clever to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), one of the most prestigious summer music programs in the country for the 2022 season. This will be his second year as a member of NYO-USA. 

The 2022 NYO-USA program runs from July 16 through Aug. 11 and begins with a two-week residency at Purchase College, SUNY, where musicians will work with Orchestra Director James Ross and a faculty of principal players from many of America’s greatest orchestras. 

Following the residency and a performance at Carnegie Hall, plans include a tour of Europe, including concerts in Amsterdam, Berlin and Lucerne, under the direction of Daniel Harding, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein as guest soloist. 

This honor is the latest in a long list of Clever’s accomplishments during his high school career at Pinecrest Academy.  

He has made All District and All State throughout high school and has been first in the state on flute for three years. 

Clever received a full-tuition scholarship to participate in the Interlochen Arts Summer Program, was a Governor’s Honors Program Recipient and also made the All National Concert Band.   

Throughout high school, Clever has been the section leader for the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra.  

Clever is looking to pursue his dream to become a flutist in a major orchestra and is currently auditioning for many conservatories and universities.