NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra
“The National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute is a four-week festival of orchestral and chamber music for young people ages 14-21 at the Kennedy Center. Musicians from around the country participate in the Institute, which consists of orchestral and chamber music coached by NSO musicians, conducting and master classes, private lessons with NSO musicians, and additional enrichment sessions. Several of the local students are graduates or current participants of the NSO Youth Fellowship Program, an orchestral training program for talented young musicians. Also included are students participating in the Young Artists’ of Color national training initiative of the Kennedy Center.” – NSO - SMI website.
My daughter, Zola, a classical double bassist, had the distinct honor and pleasure of performing with the NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra the past two years. What an amazing experience and opportunity! If you have any young musicians in your life, encourage them to apply for the NSO Youth Fellowship. It includes housing, a stipend, and intense training and performance experiences!
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the final performance of the NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra which was held in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Simply PHENOMENAL! It is always a WONDER for me to sit in front of the Double Bass Section and watch my daughter transform right in front of my eyes. She fully immerses her soul and her being into this gift that she has been given. I am thankful for the doors that have been opened for her through her dedication, hard work and talent. May Zola continue to inspire others along her Exquisite Journey!
Enjoy last night’s performance!