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Orchestral Fellowships at NOI+F provide a month of intensive rehearsals, intimate masterclasses, insightful seminars and electrifying performances as part of the Grammy-nominated NOI Philharmonic. Participants work closely with faculty drawn from leading North American symphony orchestras and conservatories. Conductors, rotating on a weekly basis, are visionaries on the podium and offer many decades of orchestral wisdom and leadership. NOI+F orchestral fellows are also active in our community engaging with new audiences and performing in non-traditional venues. Combining the demands of chamber music with the precision of large scale symphonic repertoire, orchestral fellows participate in NOI+F's Conductorless Orchestra. This special artistic exploration (nationally-unique to NOI+F) allows students to craft their own interpretation of a symphonic piece.

  • All NOI+F Orchestral Fellowship recipients receive a full scholarship for their tuition to the festival.

  • Application and room and board fees are the responsibility of each fellow.

  • Age: All who are 18 or older by May 29, 2024 may apply. The typical age range for NOI+F is 18 - 30. 

NEW in 2024

  • Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

  • Partnership with the Smithsonian Historic Instruments Collection gives two quartets the opportunity to rehearse and perform Haydn quartets on Stradivari and Amadi instruments.

  • Full orchestra tour to the Ravinia Festival outside of Chicago.

Key Dates

  • 2024 Festival Dates: Wednesday, May 29 - Thursday, July 11, 2024 

  • Application opens: November 1, 2023

  • Applications due: February 6, 2024 11:59PM ET

  • Admission decisions: March 1, 2024


Apply + Audition

2024 Audition Requirements are as follows:

All auditions for NOI+F 2024 will be by recorded video audition. 

  • All solos and excerpts recorded in ONE CONTINUOUS TAKE in order listed on the repertoire sheet. No cuts, interruptions, or edits (see special requirements for percussion applicants below).

  • DO NOT submit multiple files containing separate excerpts.

  • File-types supported: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV

  • Special Requirements for Percussion Applicants:

    • Percussion video auditions must contain all of the audition repertoire submitted as two separate files.

    • File 1: a continuous recording showing all timpani requirements

    • File 2: a continuous recording showing all percussion requirements—all pieces should be played without accompaniment.

  • Please note: Seating during the festival will be based on your video entrance audition. There are no separate seating auditions beyond your audition video. 

Audition Repertoire:



2024 Repertoire

  • Repertoire highlights include:
    • Abels: Outburst
    • Akiho: Pillar IV
    • Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
    • Beethoven: Symphony no. 9
    • Clyne: Restless Oceans
    • Debussy: La mer
    • Haydn: Symphony no. 88
    • Higdon: blue cathedral
    • Mahler: Symphony no. 1
    • Ortiz: Antrópolis
    • Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
    • Rachmaninoff: Symphony no. 2
    • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Learn more about 2024 repertoire by visiting our Conductors + Repertoire page.


Learn more about 2024 faculty by visiting our Faculty page.

Our faculty are drawn from leading North American symphony orchestras and conservatories.This year at NOI+F, in an inaugural partnership, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform in the orchestra alongside fellows for the final week of the festival! 



How much does it cost?

All NOI+F participants receive a significant scholarship to cover their tuition. Each year over 50% of accepted students receive additional merit scholarships and need based financial aid to be applied towards program fee and housing costs. 

Anticipated Fees

Tuition: $0

  • All members receive a significant scholarship valued at over $4,000 to attend the National Orchestral Institute + Festival

Application Fees:

  • 2024 Application Fees:

  • $50 - Before December 15, 2023

  • $70 - December 15, 2023 and later

  • University of Maryland students apply with no fee! Email noi@umd.edu to for further instructions

  • BIPOC students can apply to NOI+F for free through the Equity Arc Common App. Learn more HERE

  • All application fees are non-refundable

Program Fee: $525

  • Due at the time of your acceptance into the program

  • The program fee is non-refundable and not applicable toward other program costs

Scholarship & Financial Aid: 

  • All applicants are considered for merit based scholarship based on video auditions.

  • Additional need based financial aid is available. Please fill out the financial aid form in your application to be considered for need based financial aid.

  • Each year over 50% of accepted students receive additional merit scholarships and need based financial aid to be applied towards program fee and on-campus housing costs (housing scholarships can only be applied to NOI+F arranged on-campus housing).. 


There are two options for housing at NOI+F. Fellows are welcome to purchase on- campus housing through NOI+F, or to arrange their own accommodations for their time at the festival. 

Option 1: On Campus Housing (arranged through NOI+F, meals not included)

  • Double Room (Apartment with kitchen): $1684.00

  • Single Room (Apartment with kitchen, limited availability): $2520.00

  • Estimated housing costs for 2024. Subject to change.

All rooms are located on the University of Maryland campus in an air-conditioned apartment.

You will select your housing options upon acceptance into the program. Housing fees are due on or before check-in to the program. (Housing fees are subject to change.)

NOI+F Housing scholarships may only be applied to "arranged through NOI+F Housing". Not to arrange on your own housing. 

Option 2: Off Campus Housing (arranged on your own)

  • Fellows may arrange their own local housing if desired. 

  • Sublets for the duration of NOI+F near the University of Maryland campus can be found through a variety of websites. A list of resources will be provided to all fellows upon acceptance. 

  • Other housing options may be available through UMD Greek Life Housing.


NOI does not provide a meal plan for participants due to the large number of eating establishments located on the University of Maryland campus and surrounding area. On campus housing apartments have a full kitchen in each apartment that is stocked with basic kitchen items.


Participants that wish to park their car on the University of Maryland campus will be required to purchase a parking permit from the University. Campus parking fees are set by the University’s Department of Transportation and are not under the purview of NOI+F. Discounted satellite parking options will be made available closer to the festival. More information will be made available regarding the cost and specific parking locations upon acceptance.


Wireless internet access is available to participants throughout the UMD campus for a nominal fee. Free internet is available to Eduroam members. (Check to see if your current college/university participates in Eduroam)


Questions + Additional Information

If you have additional questions or would like additional information, contact us at noi@umd.edu or 301.405.2317.

NOI+F is subject to University of Maryland COVID-19 guidelines. At this time, UMD does not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. However, COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended. We encourage fellows, faculty and staff to assess their personal COVID-19 health risk and take appropriate measures. Additional information can be found here: https://umd.edu/4Maryland