PHILADELPHIA, PA – We are delighted to announce that the WRTI & Astral Radio Block Party will return to the airwaves on Saturday, September 18 at 11:00am. Our annual celebration with Philadelphia classical music radio station WRTI 90.1 will showcase four Astral artists in some fascinating and wide-ranging repertoire, bringing a veritable street festival for your ears through vibrant (read more…)

21/22 Astral In Concert Season Preview

We’re thrilled to preview our 21/22 Astral In Concert season, Astral’s 30th Anniversary Season! The season features seven brilliant Astral Artists in recital as well as our first dedicated Laureates Recital, which will celebrate those Artists finishing our program this season. Our National Auditions Winners Concert returns to Stotesbury Mansion and as well as the WRTI & Astral Radio Block Party over (read more…)


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Astral Artists, a nonprofit intensive mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of classical musicians, today announced the winners of its 2021 National Auditions. Conducted in an entirely digital format this season and following a 3-round process, seven exceptionally gifted rising-star artists have been invited to join Astral’s program. They (read more…)

You’re invited to Young At Art!

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Join Astral Artists, Play On Philly and Mural Arts Philadelphia for a week of free “mini concerts” starting April 26, 2021 at 5:00pm ET. Averaging 20 minutes each, these events celebrate a journey of expression and creativity through classical music and murals, presenting small groups of chamber musicians of all ages and (read more…)

Lourdes Starr-Demers to Lead Astral Artists as New Executive Director

PHILADELPHIA – Astral Artists, a nonprofit intensive mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of classical musicians, today announced Lourdes Starr-Demers as the organization’s next Executive Director, effective Jan. 19, 2021. Starr-Demers, a trained musician with degrees in performance and composition, joins Astral with more than 23 years of experience in the classical (read more…)


PHILADELPHIA, PA— Astral Artists is accepting applications for its 2021 National Auditions through March 3, 2021 with an early application deadline of February 24, 2020. Due to the ongoing pandemic, including travel restrictions and distancing guidelines, the 2021 Astral National Auditions will be conducted via an entirely digital format. The Astral National Auditions are a (read more…)


PHILADELPHIA, PA – With ongoing restrictions to in-person concerts and gatherings due to COVID-19, Astral and WRTI have reimagined our annual Block Party, which has drawn upwards of 400 guests each of the past two years in Midtown Village. We are thrilled to announce the WRTI & Astral Radio Block Party. On Saturday, October 17 at 11:00am, our annual celebration will move (read more…)


With the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the next generation of classical music stars rises to the occasion – and to new heights of innovation, intimacy, and connection with their audiences with Astral Nova Our 2020/21 season Astral Nova is about empowering the next generation of artists to create in a digital space. All events will be live streamed and (read more…)

A message from Astral’s Board of Directors

Astral stands against racism, oppression, violence and injustice across the arts, our city of Philadelphia, and the world. In the face of the murders of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others, we say clearly: Black Lives Matter. We know that our solidarity means nothing without meaningful action. To truly (read more…)

2020 Astral National Auditions Live Round Postponed

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Due to the current restrictions concerning public gatherings we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Astral National Auditions Live Rounds originally scheduled for late May. We realize that this is an unprecedented situation, and one that already has resulted in similar cancellations for concerts and events across the world.  Our panelists have completed (read more…)