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Training Young Musicians for the Future

The Nashville Symphony's Accelerando initiative is designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse backgrounds to pursue music at the collegiate level and beyond. Accelerando seeks to create professional opportunities for musicians from ethnic communities underrepresented in today’s orchestras by providing them with instruction, mentorship, performance experience and assistance applying to music schools. With access to the resources of a major American orchestra, these students will be able to realize their full potential and will form the next generation of orchestra musicians.


About the Program

The Accelerando Program is designed for serious music students who have a high musical aptitude and the motivation to pursue a professional music career on a standard orchestral instrument. 

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    Students in grades 4-9 may audition in spring 2018
    (applications for 2017 are now closed)
  • When fully implemented, program will serve students in grades 5-12
  • Participants receive year-round instruction from a Nashville Symphony musician or highly qualified local instructor
  • Students and families eligible to receive complimentary tickets for Nashville Symphony Classical Series concerts
  • Solo recital and chamber performance opportunities
  • Students are required to participate in school band or orchestra and/or local youth orchestras
  • Technical and performance juries each year
  • Summer activities to be announced (may include workshops, camps, lessons and/or classes)
  • Supplementary music instruction at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music
  • College and career counseling provided to students and families 
  • Financial and logistical assistance applying for music school (transportation and room costs, scheduling, etc.)

Eligible instruments include:

Viola Cello
Percussion Harp  





This program is open only to orchestral instrumentalists. Applications for piano, saxophone, guitar and vocals will not be accepted.​


Click here for a list of frequently asked questions. 



The application deadline has passed. Questions? Please email

Leadership Funding Provided By

Official Education Partner







Community Partners

The Nashville Symphony is honored to partner with the following organizations in making the Accelerando program available to the Middle Tennessee community.


Advisory Board

Jessica Blackwell*
Margaret Campbelle-Holman*
Mayra Cervantes*
Kelly Corcoran
Giancarlo Guerrero
Nola Jones
Mitchell Korn
Ron Meers
Darryl Nettles
Vinay Parameswaran
Jason Parker
Van Pinnock
Jonah Rabinowitz
Laurie Schell*
Pam Schneller*
Renata Soto
Adrienne Thompson
Donna Yurdin
*Accelerando Steering Committee
For more information, please contact the Nashville Symphony’s Education & Community Engagement Department at or 615.687.6587.