NSO Youth Fellowship Program
Youth Fellowship Program, which includes a Chamber Music Component, is open to dedicated 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, Montreal and our own National Symphony Orchestra. The program is intended for dedicated 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. The program's goal is to provide young musicians with the skills and knowledge to pursue a 21st century career in music. Some focus on the program will be on college-readiness and citizen artistry. This is a monitored, performance-oriented program, designed to encourage students to become professional orchestral musicians. 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:
- 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.
- Video Audition Guidelines (only for those with a significant conflict on the day of the live audition)
- Program Description and Eligibility
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 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.
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by
David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Gifts and grants to educational programs at the Kennedy Center are provided by Sandra K. & Clement C. Alpert; AnBryce Foundation; The Argus Fund; Bank of America; Bender Foundation, Inc.; The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; Centene Charitable Foundation; A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; CMA Foundation; Crayola; Dalio Foundation; DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; David Gregory and Beth Wilkinson; The EstÃ©e Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation; Exelon Foundation; Ford Foundation; The Gessner Family Foundation; Harman Family Foundation; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Hearst Foundations; Herb Alpert Foundation; Hilton Worldwide; The Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky Family Foundation, Inc.; iTheatrics; The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs; the Kimsey Endowment; The King-White Family Foundation and Dr. J. Douglas White; Natalie and Herb Kohler and Kohler Co.; Laird Norton Family Foundation; Legg Mason Charitable Foundation; Macy's; The Markow Totevy Foundation; Linda and Tobia Mercuro; Little Kids Rock; The Meredith Foundation; The Millennium Stage Endowment Fund; The Morningstar Foundation; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Music Theatre International; Myra and Leura Younker Endowment Fund; NAMM Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; Newman's Own Foundation; Oath Foundation; The Orlebeke Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Mrs. Irene Pollin; Prince Charitable Trusts; the Embassy of the State of Qatar; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Rosemary Kennedy Education Fund; Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A. J. Stolwijk; Rosenthal Family Foundation; Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; Share Fund; Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Small; Target; the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates; The Volgenau Foundation; Volkswagen Group of America; Washington Gas; Wells Fargo; Beatrice and Anthony Welters; William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; and generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
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
- 6/8/17: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 6/2/17: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 6/1/17: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 4/20/17: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 4/13/17: NSO Youth Fellows Performed on the Millennium Stage
- 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