About the Institute

Photo by Geoff SheilDebuted at the University of Maryland in 1988, the National Orchestral Institute (NOI) has been a leader in the training and mentoring of young orchestral musicians for nearly three decades.

To address the changing world of symphony orchestras, NOI builds its summer program of rehearsals, masterclasses, concerts and seminars to better prepare students for the next steps in their professional careers.

Who are we looking for?

You! You’re one of the finest young orchestral performers in the country and on the threshold of your professional career. You’ve been selected through a rigorous and competitive audition process to join an acclaimed orchestra of your peers. You love orchestral music and are ready to share its power with others while also renovating its presentation to reach new audiences.

What is NOI all about?

Through rehearsals, masterclasses, sectionals, and seminars you will come in close contact with the country’s top orchestral performers, teachers, and thinkers.  NOI’s orchestral faculty are drawn from prominent symphony orchestras and conservatories, while our conductors are major figures on podiums around the world. NOI members are visible advocates for the future of their art. They are in the community engaging with new audiences and performing in non-traditional venues. They are meeting donors and designing pre-concert discussions. They are leading the way!

When does it take place?

NOI members arrive at the University of Maryland campus by 3PM on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 and depart by 10AM on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Where is it?

Most events take place in The Clarice, a 318,000-square-foot performing arts center on the campus of the University of Maryland. Acoustically superior concert and recital halls are under the same roof as sound-isolated practice rooms and lecture facilities.

Resident halls in various configurations (suites and apartments) are also located on the UMD campus and are a 12-15 minute walk from the performing arts center. Campus shuttles and parking options are available.

Conveniently located just outside Washington DC, the University of Maryland in College Park is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland System. There is easy access to the thriving cultural offerings in Washington DC by the Washington Metro train system.