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The Kennedy Center

NSO Education

Young Associates' Program

February 8-May 16th, 2018

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Program Description:

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is sponsoring its Young Associates' Program for high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area who are interested in pursuing a musical career. Up to 20 outstanding instrumentalists will be selected to attend rehearsals of the National Symphony Orchestra and take part in sessions with conductors, artists, NSO musicians, and representatives of the arts management field. Through this program, the Young Associates will acquire an appreciation of the wide range of skills, knowledge, and abilities--managerial as well as musical--that are required to put together a performance by a major symphony orchestra. Selection process is by application.

The core of the program involves attendance at rehearsals of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and observation of various guest artists. In addition to attending NSO rehearsals, students participate in sessions to explore careers in management, music education, publicity, music library, and other professions that are essential to the life of every successful orchestra.

Students do not play their instruments as part of the program. Students learn through listening, observation, and asking questions of professionals.

Due to the Orchestra's rehearsal schedule, most of the meetings of the Young Associates' Program take place during the school day (times and programs are subject to change). NSO rehearsals take place in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Young Associates' Schedule

Application Instructions:

To apply for this program, please submit the following items:

Completed application form and required letters should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact the NSO Education Program at (202) 416-8820 or by e-mail.

Application Information:

Online application

Deadline: Thursday, January 4, 2018

violinist joshua bell and some young associates