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Welcome to the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network Applications Portal!

The National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN) is an organization supported by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. With a mission to create a level playing field for artists from backgrounds underrepresented in classical music, NIMAN 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.

National Pathways Festival Orchestra:

The National Pathways Festival Orchestra is an ensemble 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 NIMAN's National Pathways Network nominate their fellows to audition for the Festival Orchestra. This year's Festival will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 16th-19th, 2023. Fellows will prepare a program featuring Brian Raphael Nabors’ Pulse for Orchestra and Dvořák’s 9th Symphony under the direction of Maestro Kevin John Edusei, working alongside musicians from the CSO, including CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows.

To be considered for the Festival, submit your application and audition via Acceptd. Please refer to the audition packet for repertoire requirements.

Only BIPOC musicians studying at partnering pathways programs who have been nominated by their program director are eligible to apply.

Questions? Send us an email at 

Common Application for Summer Study

Stay tuned for details about the Common Application for Summer 2023!

Your application fees are covered by NIMAN!
To apply to our programs, you'll need to sign our eligibility statement - send us an email at with any eligibility questions!

For technical questions please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.