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For over a generation, the National Orchestral Institute has trained the orchestral musician of tomorrow. Its alumni occupy positions in nearly every major American orchestra as well as numerous positions in premiere service bands. Many others are teachers, college professors, and arts administrators.

NOI Alumni Spotlight


Alec Blazek, Nashville Symphony

Alec Blazek, a 2016 NOI alumnus and current trumpet player in the Nashville Symphony, spoke with us about practicing smarter, building the orchestra of the future, and why classical music matters. Read More. 




Sonia Shklarov, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Sonia Shklarov, a 2012 NOI alumna and current violin player with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, recently shared with us some reflections about her time at NOI, and how it has shaped her career. Read More. 





Eric Lee, Washington National Opera Orchestra

Eric Lee, an alumnus who is the Assistant Concertmaster at the Washington National Opera Orchestra, spoke to us about his time at NOI, some of his most memorable performances and more. Read More. 




Nick Platoff, San Francisco Symphony

Nick Platoff, a 2013 alumnus, is the associate principal trombone player with the San Francisco Symphony, and we are excited to welcome him back to NOI this year as a teacher. Read More.




Share your story!

We are interested in hearing from you! Please email us and tell us about your professional successes or simply share a memory of your time at NOI. Email us with your story.