Orchestral Fellowship



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.
  • All 2023 Orchestral Fellows must be between the ages of 18 and 30 by the first day of the festival.

  • NOI+F is subject to University of Maryland COVID-19 guidelines. At this timeUMD does not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. However, COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommendedWe 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

Key Dates

NOI+F 2024 applications open in November. Please check back soon for more information!

Apply + Audition

Applications for NOI+F 2024 open in November.

2023 Audition Requirements were as follows:

All auditions for NOI+F 2023 will be by recorded video audition. Your recorded video must contain all audition materials for your instrument recorded in one continuous take with no cuts, interruptions or edits (see special requirements for percussion applicants). Please only submit ONE FILE containing all solos and excerpts played in one take. DO NOT submit multiple files containing separate excerpts. There will be no live or in-person auditions for NOI+F 2023.


Requirements for 2023 auditions are as follows:

  • All applicants must submit video auditions for NOI+F 2023. Video auditions must be performed in the order listed and without accompaniment. Please note: audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
  • Videos must be recorded in one continuous-sequence, with no interruptions or cuts. Submissions must be recent and should not be edited in any way. Please only submit ONE VIDEO FILE containing all solos and excerpts played in one take.
  • DO NOT submit multiple files containing separate excerpts.
  • We recommend using a good microphone in a room that allows for the best sound possible.
  • 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.

Audition Repertoire:

2023 Repertoire

Learn more about 2023 repertoire by visiting our Conductors + Repertoire page.


Learn more about 2023 faculty by visiting our Faculty page.


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:

  • 2023 Application Fees:
  • $50 - Before December 15, 2022
  • $70 - December 15, 2022 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 NIMAN 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


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): $1702.00
  • Single Room (Apartment with kitchen, limited availability): $1926.00
  • Estimated housing costs for 2023. 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 UM 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.