National Orchestral Institute + Festival

At a Glance:

  • NOI+F is a highly intensive orchestral program for participants aged 18-28.
  • This season’s dates are Tuesday, May 24 – Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
  • The NOI+F Philharmonic received a Grammy nomination in the “Best Orchestral Performance” category for their Naxos recording “Ruggles, Stucky, Harbison”.
  • Faculty are drawn from leading North American symphony orchestras and conservatories.
  • All NOI+F participants are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

About:

The University of Maryland’s National Orchestral Institute + Festival brings together aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country for a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. These young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire. NOI+F provides a month of intensive rehearsals, insightful seminars, and electrifying performances. Participants work closely with faculty and with new visionary conductors each week. Members are active in the community over the summer, engaging with new audiences and performing in non-traditional venues. They also take part in designing pre-concert discussions.

Orchestral Fellowships at NOI+F provide a month of intensive rehearsals, intimate masterclasses, insightful seminars and electrifying performances as part of the Grammy-nominated NOI Philharmonic. Participants work closely with faculty drawn from leading North American symphony orchestras and conservatories. Conductors, rotating on a weekly basis, are visionaries on the podium and offer many decades of orchestral wisdom and leadership. NOI+F orchestral fellows are also active in our community engaging with new audiences and performing in non-traditional venues. Combining the demands of chamber music with the precision of large-scale symphonic repertoire, orchestral fellows participate in NOI+F’s Conductorless Orchestra. This special artistic exploration (nationally-unique to NOI+F) allows students to craft their own interpretation of a symphonic piece. Note, all NOI+F Orchestral Fellowship recipients receive a full scholarship for their tuition to the festival. Application and room and board fees are the responsibility of each fellow. All Orchestral Fellows must be between the ages of 18 and 30 on May 24, 2022. 

Faculty represent ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony as well as conservatories including the Colburn School, the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, and Indiana University. 

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