Students Invited to Apply for Two Nashville Symphony Education Programs

December 01, 2016

Accelerando, Curb Concerto Competition both open to qualified students

Nashville, Tenn. (December 1, 2016) – The Nashville Symphony has opened the application process for two of its key music education programs, Accelerando and the Curb Concerto Competition. Details about each program are below:
Accelerando Open to Music Students from Ethnically Diverse Communities
Accelerando is an intensive education program designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse ethnic backgrounds to pursue music at the collegiate level and beyond. This 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. Rising fourth through ninth graders may apply.
Click here for application materials and audition requirements in English and in Spanish. All applications must be received by Friday, February 17, 2017. Auditions will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, March 4 & 11, 2017.
Families interested in learning more about Accelerando are invited to attend one of three public meetings with Nashville Symphony staff:
  • 7-8:30 pm January 24 at Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
  • 7-8:30 pm February 2 at Hartman Park Community Center, 2801 Tucker Rd., Nashville
  • 7-8:30 pm February 16 at Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
Now in its first year of operation, 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 applying to music schools. Six students are currently enrolled in the program, and the Nashville Symphony seeks to add five more students for its second year, which will begin with the 2017/18 school year.


2017 Curb Concerto Competition

Hosted by the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Curb Concerto Competition is an instrumental competition open to classically trained, instrumental music students ages 14-18. Students who play woodwind, brass, string, piano, and percussion instruments are eligible to apply.
Click here for application materials and audition requirements. All applications must be received or postmarked by January 27, 2017.
  • Grand Prize winner receives $2,500 and two season ticket subscriptions to the Nashville Symphony Aegis Sciences Classical Series. In addition to the cash prize, the grand prize winner will be considered for a performance as soloist at the Nashville Symphony’s free Side-by-Side Concert in May 2017.
  • First Runner-Up receives $1,000 and two partial season ticket packages to the Nashville Symphony Classical Series.
  • Second Runner-Up receives $500 and a pair of tickets to a Nashville Symphony Classical Series concert.
Round One of the competition will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017. Outstanding performers are selected to compete in the final round, which will be held 1-5 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017.