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 members are also active in our community during their residency. They engage with new audiences and perform in non-traditional venues. Combining the demands of chamber music with the precision of large scale symphonic repertoire, orchestral fellows also 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. Note, all NOI+F Orchestral Fellowship recepients receive a full scholarship for their tuition to the festival. Application, room and board fees are the responsibility of each fellow. All Orchestral Fellows must be between the ages of 18 and 28 on May 24, 2021.

Key Dates

  • Orchestral Fellowships with the NOI Philharmonic will take place between May 24 and July 2, 2021.
  • Video auditions for Orchestral Fellowships are due Feb 22, 2021 at 5PM EDT.


Due to the necessary cancellation of the in-person National Orchestral Institute + Festival in 2020, all students admitted for 2020 were given the option to defer their attendance to NOI+F 2021. Based on deferral enrollment, the following options are available for new students in 2021:

  • Limited Openings: Small number of positions that are available for any given instrument at NOI+F 2021.
  • Alternates: Students who are placed on a wait list when there are no positions available for any given instrument at NOI+F 2021.

Below is a summary of 2021 enrollment availability. This listing will be updated on a rolling basis.

Instrument Enrollment
Flute Limited Openings & Alternates Available
Oboe Only Alternates Available
Clarinet Limited Openings & Alternates Available
Bassoon Limited Openings & Alternates Available
Horn Only Alternates Available
Trumpet Limited Openings & Alternates Available
Trombone Only Alternates Available
Bass Trombone Only Alternates Available
Tuba Only Alternates Available
Harp Only Alternates Available
Percussion Limited Openings & Alternates Available
Violin Limited Openings & Alternates Available
Viola Limited Openings & Alternates Available
Cello Limited Openings & Alternates Available
Bass Limited Openings & Alternates Available

Apply + Audition

Wind, String, Harp and Percussion applicants must submit video auditions for NOI+F 2021. 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 time-sequence, with no interruptions or cuts. Submissions must be recent and should not be edited in any way. 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 files.

  • File 1: a continuous take showing all timpani requirements
  • File 2: a continuous take showing all percussion requirements All pieces should be played without accompaniment.

Audition Repertoire:


2021 Repertoire

Learn more about 2021 repertoire by visiting our Conductors + Repertoire page.


Learn more about 2021 faculty by visiting our Faculty page.


Application Fees:

  • Early Bird Fee (Before Dec 1, 2020): $50
  • Standard Fee (Dec 1, 2020 and later): $75

Learn more about 2021 tuition, room and board fees by visiting our Orchestral Fellowship Fees + Housing page.

Questions + Additional Information

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