Young Associates' Program
January 23rd – March 13th, 2014
Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
You may register now!
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. Twenty outstanding instrumentalists (pianists are not included) will be selected to attend rehearsals of the National Symphony Orchestra and take part in seminars 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 workshops 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.
To apply for this program, please submit the following items:
- Online Application
- A letter of recommendation
- Signature form, found in the online application (3 signatures required)
Completed application form and required letters should be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact the NSO Education Program at (202) 416-8820 or by e-mail.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
Gifts and grants to the National Symphony Orchestra Education Programs are provided by Sandra K. & Clement C. Alpert; The Charles Engelhard Foundation; The Clark Charitable Foundation; Linda and Tobia Mercuro; National Trustees of the National Symphony Orchestra; Park Foundation, Inc.; Mrs. Irene Pollin; Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Small; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; The Theodore H. Barth Foundation, Inc.; U.S. Department of Education, and The Volgenau Foundation.
Education and related artistic programs are 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 and does not necessarily
represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.