Los Alamos Cellist Maximus Posada Selected As Alternate For Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra

Maximus Posada has been selected as alternate cellist in the Carnegie Hall’s NY-02 Youth Orchestra for 2022. Courtesy photo

At only 15 years old, Maximus Posada is making quite an impact in the classical music community on both the state and national stage. This Los Alamos High School sophomore is a member of the LAHS Symphonic Strings, the Santa Fe Youth Orchestra, has been selected for the All-State Orchestra two years in a row, and runs his own cello studio giving lessons to younger musicians. 

Max was recently selected as alternate cellist in Carnegie Hall’s NYO2 National Youth Orchestra for 2022. Students from across the entire country audition for Carnegie Hall’s prestigious NYO2 Orchestra. Posada’s selection is quite a significant accomplishment given that only a few spots are available for each instrumental section of the orchestra, and only eight cellists are usually selected. 

Outstanding young American instrumentalists form NYO2, a tuition-free orchestra program that comes together each summer for intensive training and performance opportunities. Participating musicians work closely with a stellar faculty of players from America’s top orchestras and conservatories. During their residency in New York City, NYO2 musicians perform with world-class guest artists, culminating with a performance in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium to conclude the program.

The application and audition process is rigorous and begins with a formal nomination from a music teacher, ensemble director, or community leader. Audition videos which must include an introduction, a three-minute solo piece, and two separate orchestral excerpts are then submitted. In addition, a 300-word personal essay, at least two letters of recommendation, and a video essay are also required. 

“I am honored and excited about possibly having the opportunity to play at the iconic Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious music venues in the world, surrounded by these world-class musicians. I must thank my music teachers from elementary to high school, my counselor, and especially my cello instructor Ms. Rietman for her patience and guidance these last four years. Oh, and my parents as well!” Posada said.

Proud parents are Enrique and Judy Posada.