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NSO Youth Fellows


The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program is an orchestral training project for talented, young instrumentalists. From its inception in 1980-81 to the present, the program provides Washington metropolitan area instrumentalists with full scholarships to study privately with NSO and WNO musicians, as well as opportunities to observe NSO rehearsals; attend concerts; and to participate in seminars, discussions, and master classes with musicians, conductors, and NSO and Kennedy Center management. The Program was recently expanded to include chamber music coached by NSO musicians and side-by-side rehearsal opportunities with the NSO. Over the 34 years of its history, the NSO Youth Fellowship Program boasts 276 graduates, many of whom hold positions in major orchestras across the country, including the orchestras of Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Kentucky, Oregon, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Utah, and San Diego, as well as our own National Symphony and Washington National Opera orchestras. Other graduates are involved in chamber music, the teaching of music, or arts management.
NSO Youth Fellows