NSO Youth Fellowship Program
Youth Fellowship Program, which includes a Chamber Music Component, is open to talented young musicians, grades 9-12 and younger by special exception, who are interested in a career in music.
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellowship Program is an orchestral training program for students in grades 9-12. [Younger musicians (gr. 6-8) may be considered on a special case-by-case basis.] Past NSO Youth Fellowship participants have gone on to achieve great success with orchestras throughout the country including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Houston, Boston, and our own National Symphony Orchestra. The program is intended for serious music students interested in pursuing orchestral music as a career. Open by audition only, this full-scholarship program provides students in the Washington, DC metropolitan area the opportunity to study with a National Symphony Orchestra musician or Washington National Opera Orchestra (WNOO) musician*; participate in Chamber Music coachings by a member of the National Symphony Orchestra; play in side-by-side rehearsals with the NSO; observe NSO rehearsals and attend concerts; and participate in master classes and discussions with musicians, conductors, guest artists, and NSO/Kennedy Center management. This is a monitored, performance-oriented program, designed to encourage students to become professional orchestral musicians. Participation by ethnic minorities is encouraged. Priority is given to students entering 9th and 10th grades in order to provide as sustained a training as possible.
*A limited number of places may be available on an as needed basis for students who opt to continue private study with their non-NSO or non-WNOO teacher. Lesson fees with non-NSO or non-WNOO musicians will not be covered by the program.
How to apply:
The following materials are required for the Youth Fellowship application:
- Application is now Available
- One letter of recommendation from music teacher or conductor.
- Audition recording, required only for those entering 6th, 7th, 8th, and 12th grades and those living out of the area. See Eligibility in Program Description
If you have any questions, please contact the NSO Education Program at (202) 416-8820 or by e-mail at NSOYF@kennedy-center.org.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
Generous support for the Youth Fellowship Program is provided by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Sandra K. and Clement C. Alpert,
The Charles Engelhard Foundation, The Markow Totevy Foundation, Myra and Leura Younker Endowment Fund, and National Symphony Orchestra musicians.
Additional support is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.
The content of these programs may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education but does not necessarily
represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.
Watch & Listen
- 2/23/17: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 2/16/17: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 1/27/17: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 1/26/17: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 12/1/16: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 11/7/16: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 6/2/16: National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 5/20/16: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 5/19/16: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 4/16/16: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 3/3/16: National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 2/1/16: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage