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Music Students Invited to Apply for Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando Education Initiative

Informational meetings to be held in January and February for prospective students and their families

Program open to students from ethnic communities underrepresented in American orchestras

The Nashville Symphony invites local students of diverse backgrounds to audition for Accelerando, its music education initiative designed to prepare gifted young musicians from underrepresented ethnic communities for pursuing music at the collegiate level and beyond.

Accelerando engages individual students in grades 5-11 over a multi-year period with extensive instruction, performance and learning opportunities, and will also offer students and their families assistance with applying for collegiate music programs. All services are provided free of charge. 

Students and families interested in participating in Accelerando are invited to attend one of several community meetings, where they can learn more about the program:

Tuesday, January 22, 2019: Antioch High School, 1900 Hobson Pike, Antioch

Tuesday, February 5, 2019: I.T. Creswell Prep School for the Arts, 3500 John Mallette Dr., Nashville

Tuesday, February 12, 2019: Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville

All meetings will run 6:30-7:30 pm.

A Spanish interpreter will be present for the February 12 meeting at Casa Azafrán

To be considered for Accelerando, students must fill out an application form by February 15. After submitting their application form, they will be scheduled to perform a live audition, during which they will be given 10 minutes to demonstrate proficiency on their instrument. Auditions will take place in early March.

Visit for complete information about eligibility and requirements for auditioning, along with application forms.

The same information may be found in Spanish at

For more information, contact or 615.687.6587.

The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 29 recordings on Naxos, which have received 24 GRAMMY® nominations and 13 GRAMMY® Awards, making it one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. The orchestra has also released recordings on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and New West Records, among other labels. With more than 140 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs reach 60,000 children and adults each year.


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