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Welcome to the Equity Arc Applications Portal!

Equity Arc (formerly the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network) is coalition charged by its diverse membership of local and national organizations to align, promote and develop equitable opportunities for aspiring classical musicians from underrepresented ethnicities. With a vision to create a level playing field for artists from backgrounds underrepresented in classical music, Equity Arc engages a broad coalition of members to both break down barriers to BIPOC musicians achieving success in the field and dismantle the structural inequities, biases, and systemic racism ingrained in many of the policies and practices in our field.

Common Application for Summer Study

Our Partners

Ascent International Chamber Music Festival
Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival
Credo Music
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
Greenwood Music Camp
Interlochen Arts Camp
Kinhaven Music School
Luzerne Music Center
Madeline Island Chamber Music
National Orchestral Institute + Festival
National Repertory Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute
National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
New England Conservatory Summer Orchestra Institute
New England Music Camp
Sewanee Summer Music Festival
VIA Academy

The Audition

Based on the requirements of each program, there are two separate audition lists. You may use the same solo repertoire for each list and will be able to upload an additional selection in case any additional minutes are needed.

List 1 Programs, Audition, and Deadlines:

Two contrasting solo works of 3-7 minutes – please note one selection should be the exposition from a standard concerto

Three orchestral excerpts from our shared excerpt list. If you are a percussionist or interested in playing an auxiliary instrument, please be sure to submit any additional excerpts.

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Winds/Brass/Percussion) - January 25
  • Ages 14-20
  • String applicants should prepare list 2 repertoire
Brevard Music Center College Division - February 20
  • Ages 18-29
Credo Music National Festival Mahler Project - March 15 priority, rolling admissions after
  • Ages 18-26 - all applicants to the Mahler Project will be automatically considered for the String Intensive
National Orchestral Institute and Festival (NOI) - February 6
  • Ages 18-30
National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) - January 26
  • Ages 18-29
National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (NSOSMI) - January 28
  • Ages 15-20
National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO) - December 11, 2023
  • Ages 16-19
NYO2 - December 11, 2023
  • Ages 14-17

List 2 Programs, Audition, and Deadlines:

Contrasting solo materials of 6-10 minutes, up to three selections will be accepted. If you are also applying to programs from List 1, please ensure that one of your selections is the exposition of a major concerto.

Ascent International Cello & Chamber Music Festivals - February 15 priority, April 1 final
  • Ages 14-30
Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Strings) - January 25
  • Ages 14-20
Brevard Music Center High School Division - February 20
  • Ages 14-18 by the start of the program
Credo Music
  • String Intensive - March 15 priority, rolling admissions after
    • Ages 12-19
  • Credo Boston - May 25
    • Ages 12-18
  • Credo St. Louis- March 31
    • Ages 12-18
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival - February 1 priority, rolling admissions after
  • Ages 14-30
Greenwood Music Camp
  • Junior Session: Ages 10-13 - January 15
  • Senior Session: Ages 13-18 - February 8
    • 13-year-old applicants who have not yet completed 8th grade by the time of Senior Camp are encouraged to apply to Junior Camp.
Interlochen Center for the Arts - January 15 
  • Grades 3-12
Kinhaven Music School - March 1 priority, rolling admissions after
  • Junior Session: 4th-8th grade
  • Senior Session: 8th-12th grade
  • Young Artist Seminar: College + Pre-Professional
Luzerne Music Center - March 15
  • Junior Session: 9-15
  • Senior Session: 14-18
Madeline Island Chamber Music - February 15
  • Chamber Music For Strings: Ages 14-24
  • Chamber Music For Winds: Ages 14-24
  • Fellowship String Quartet: Ages 18–24
NEC Summer Orchestra Institute - priority deadline February 4, deadline March 11
  • Ages 13-18
  • please note that it is recommended to include any two orchestral excerpts of choice in your 6-10 minutes of repertoire
New England Music Camp - March 15
  • Core - Rolling
    • Ages 11-18
  • Prelude - Rolling
    • Ages 9-13
  • Chamber Music Intensive 
    • Ages 14-19
Sewanee Summer Music Festival - March 22
  • Ages 14-24
VIA Academy - February 29
  • Ages: Grades 9-12

The Process
You can apply to each program separately at their application deadlines. The answers you provide in your first application will autofill for each additional application that you fill out. Please note that you must submit an application for each program to which you would like to apply. 

National Pathways Festival Orchestra:

The core ensemble of Equity Arc, the National Pathways Festival Orchestra is composed of young artists who study at pathways programs across the country. Pathways programs offer comprehensive support and mentorship to pre-college musicians from backgrounds underrepresented in classical music. Programs that are members of Equity Arc's National Collective for Musical Pathways nominate their fellows to audition for the Festival Orchestra. The 2024 Festival will take place in Nashville, TN, April 6-8, 2024. Fellows will prepare a program under the direction of Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, working alongside musicians from the Nashville Symphony.

The auditions for the '24 Festival are now closed.

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