The New England Symphonic Ensemble (NESE) is a professional orchestra established in the late 1980s under the auspices of the New England Youth Ensemble (NEYE). The birth of the ensemble occurred when MidAmerica Productions invited the NEYE to perform with conductor and composer John Rutter CBE at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This relationship blossomed and after years of performing under the baton of Rutter, the NESE was born and paved its own path in the world of classical music. The ensemble started as a chamber orchestra, made up entirely of alumni and professional musicians, and was granted residence with MidAmerica Productions. Today, the NESE regularly takes center stage at Carnegie Hall with its regular members, along with a small group of elite student musicians, referred to as the Carnegie Scholars.