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Performances and Events

  • Performances for Young Audiences

    Performances for Young Audiences

    New worlds of excitement, education and entertainment with commissions, productions, and presentations from the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences and programs of the National Symphony Orchestra, VSA, and Washington National Opera.

  • NSO Concerts for Young Audiences

    NSO Concerts for Young Audiences

    NSO performances for Young Audiences include full orchestra Family Concerts and performances by small ensembles for ages 3 to teens. These NSO performances introduce classical music to children in an atmosphere of fun.

  • School Performances / Events

    School Performances / Events

    The Kennedy Center commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students and teachers.

  • Explore the Arts

    Explore the Arts

    These events offer adult audiences opportunities for arts participation, engagement, interaction, and exploration through master classes, workshops, demonstrations, lectures, open rehearsals, and more.

  • Millennium Stage

    Millennium Stage

    Each evening, at 6p.m., the Millennium Stage features free performances by a broad range of music, dance, and theater artists from the Washington metro area, across the nation, and around the world.

  • Opera Look-In

    Opera Look-In and Student Dress Rehearsal

    Students are introduced to opera through the Opera Look-In each season and can experience a full-length performance at the final Dress Rehearsals of Washington National Opera's main stage productions.

  • NSO Instrument 'Petting Zoos'

    NSO Instrument "Petting Zoos"

    Hands-on fun with instruments! Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they will see professionally played on stage.

  • NSO In Your Neighborhood

    NSO In Your Neighborhood

    The National Symphony Orchestra aims to reach a wide audience through its classical subscription series, pops concerts, and one of the country's most extensive educational programs.

  • New Visions/New Voices

    New Visions/New Voices

    New Visions/New Voices is a week-long program in May for playwrights and theaters to stimulate and support the creation of new plays and musicals for young audiences and families.

  • KCTYA on Tour

    Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

    KCTYA on Tour productions reveals new worlds of excitement, education, and entertainment.

  •  Kennedy Center School Buses

    Kennedy Center Education Division Listening Tours

    Let your voice be heard! Join the Kennedy Center Education Division for one of the “Listening Tours” about the future of education at the Kennedy Center.

Arts and Schools

Career Development

  • Ballet Class Series

    Ballet Class Series

    The Kennedy Center Ballet Class Series offers advanced high school ballet students the unique opportunity to participate in master classes with teachers from the national and internationally renowned ballet companies performing at the Kennedy Center.

  • Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

    Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

    Under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead is an international two-week jazz residency performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats.

  • Conservatory Project

    Conservatory Project

    The Conservatory Project creates an ongoing showcase for our nation's exceptional young talent and introduces Washington audiences to young musicians destined to have important careers.

  • Domingo - Cafritz Young Artist Program

    Domingo - Cafritz Young Artist Program

    This resident-training program offers artists on the verge of international careers a course of intensive training, study, career guidance, and performance opportunities in Washington, DC and beyond.

  • Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

    Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

    This three-week summer residency offers intermediate to advanced-level ballet dancers, ages 14-18, an opportunity to study exclusively with one of the most important ballerinas of the 20th century, Suzanne Farrell.

  • Internships

    Kennedy Center Internships

    Internships are full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (20-30 hours per week) opportunities that are intended to complement a student's current program of study or other employment.

  • Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    A national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.

  • NSO Youth Fellowship Program

    NSO Youth Fellowship Program

    The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellowship Program is a full scholarship orchestral training program for talented young musicians in grades 9-12.

  • National Symphony Orchestra

    NSO Young Associates' Program

    The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is sponsoring its Young Associates' Program for high school students in grades 11 and 12 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area who are interested in pursuing a musical career.

  • NSO Young Soloists' Competition

    NSO Young Soloists' Competition

    To perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra is every music student's dream, and this is the prize of the NSO Young Soloists' competition, High School Division, designed to encourage and foster the development of young performing artists in the Washington metropolitan area.

  • NSO Summer Music Institute

    NSO Summer Music Institute

    Every summer, approximately 70 students (ages 15-20) from all over the nation meet in Washington, D.C., to attend the National Trustees' National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (SMI).

  • Opera Institute

    Opera Institute

    This three-week summer training program for talented high school singers and pianists features an intense and focused curriculum geared toward preparing students for college performance programs and beyond.

  • VSA International Young Soloists Competition

    VSA International Young Soloists Competition

    This award annually recognizes outstanding emerging young musicians living with disabilities, ages 14 to 25, from around the world and nurtures their pre-professional career experiences.

  • VSA International Young Soloists Competition

    Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative

    Students and young adults living with disabilities who have an interest in the arts, arts education, and arts administration are provided with hands-on experiential professional skill development opportunities.

VSA and Accessibility

  • VSA - The International Organization on Arts and Disability

    About VSA

    VSA provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages.

  • At Start with the Arts, you see a little boy beaming as he drums

    VSA Affiliates

    VSA works with affiliated organizations nationwide and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

  • Anantawan from the 2010 IVSAF

    VSA Programs

    VSA offers opportunities for students, teachers, and artists to participate in annual programs, including the Playwright Discovery Program, International Young Soloists Program, and calls for visual art.

  • Revealing Culture Exhibit


    Valuable resources about accessibility, arts and education are available for teachers, students, parents, artists and arts administrators.

  • Accessibility - Engage Disability Art Culture

    About Accessibility

    The Kennedy Center's Accessibility Office strives to make the cultural arts accessible to patrons and visitors with disabilities through national and international initiatives.

  • Susan Duncan and Melissa Janssen in Gallery at MIA

    Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD)

    An international network engaging cultural arts administrators in a conversation on accessibility, disability, compliance and inclusion in the cultural arts.

  • Accessibility Symbol Grid

    Patron Services

    Information about accommodations and services for patrons and visitors with disabilities attending performances or visiting the Kennedy Center.

  • Summit Registration

    Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative

    Career development opportunities for individuals with disabilities.