January 2017

The Nashville Symphony is inviting local students to apply for two programs that seek to promote the burgeoning careers of young classical musicians. The Curb Concerto Competition is open to classically trained woodwind, brass, string, piano, and percussion students ages 14 to 18. The winner of the two-round competition will receive $2,500 and two season ticket subscriptions, as well as consideration for performance as a soloist during a May 2017 concert.

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2016 Accelerando Scholarship winners with music director Giancarlo Guerrero; Courtesy of the Nashville Symphony

Accelerando is an education program for rising fourth through ninth graders of diverse ethnic backgrounds who dream of pursuing a professional orchestral career. Those selected for the program will receive instruction, mentorship, and performance experience, as well as help with applying to music schools.

“Our wish was to make available, especially to high-caliber students, the opportunity to take advantage of the profound expertise of our musicians on each of their chosen instruments,” says Walter Bitner, the symphony’s director of education and community engagement.

In tandem, the programs reflect the symphony’s mission to instill in the younger generation an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime.

“Over the last several years, staff and musicians at the Nashville Symphony have had many discussions about how we could best contribute to the music education community in Nashville and beyond on a deep, sustained level,” Bitner says. “Students who sing in choir or play in band or orchestra must simultaneously perform a complex set of operations that call on more aspects of the human being than any other activity they face in school.”

Applications for Curb Concerto are due by January 27 and the competition is held in February. Applications for Accelerando are due by February 17 and auditions will be held in March. To learn more about how to apply, please visit www.nashvillesymphony.org.

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