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The National Symphony Orchestra

NSO Education
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.

Application deadline: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Auditions: Saturday, June 13, 2015

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 and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra (KCOHO). 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 KCOHO 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-KCOHO teacher. Lesson fees with non-NSO or non-KCOHO musicians will not be covered by the program.

How to apply:

The following materials are required for the Youth Fellowship application:

  • Completed online application including financial statement (available March 1, 2015)
  • One letter of recommendation from music teacher or conductor. Send recommendation e-mail to Carole Wysocki at Be sure to include your name and YF recommendation in the subject line.
  • Audition recording, only for those entering 12th grade and those living out of the area. See Eligibility in Program Description

Other Resources

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