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…)

Remaining concerts of 19/20 Astral In Concert season canceled

PHILADELPHIA, PA—It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of the remainder of our 2019/20 concert season. This includes Timothy Chooi \ violin on Saturday, April 18 and our chamber music concert, Musical Roots on Saturday, May 2. This decision was made in consultation with our Board and with the utmost concern for the (read more…)


PHILADELPHIA, PA—We’re thrilled to preview our upcoming 2020/2021 Astral In Concert season. The season features five exciting Astral artists in recital as well as our first collaboration with Kingston Chamber Music Festival. Our National Auditions Winners Concert returns to Stotesbury Mansion and of course be sure to join us for the third annual, free to attend, (read more…)

2020 Astral National Auditions Application Deadline

PHILADELPHIA, PA— Astral Artists is accepting applications for its 2020 National Auditions through March 4, 2020 with an an early application deadline of February 26, 2020. An independent panel will screen applicants anonymously. Those who pass this preliminary round will be invited to Philadelphia in late May to audition live for an esteemed panel of (read more…)

Astral & WRTI 90.1 Present Their Second Annual Block Party In Midtown Village

PHILADELPHIA, PA— On Saturday, September 14, 2019, 3:00-5:00pm (Rain date: Sunday, September 15, 3:00-5:00pm), Astral and WRTI 90.1 team up for a free block party in Midtown Village in the 1213 Walnut Street corridor to celebrate classical music in Philly in a fun and family-friendly outdoor event. Emceed by WRTI 90.1 host Debra Lew Harder, (read more…)


Astral is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 National Auditions. Selected from an initial pool of applicants from across the United States, and following a competitive audition and interview process, six exceptionally gifted rising-star artists have been invited to join Astral’s prestigious program. They are: Christopher Goodpasture, pianoAlexander Hersh, celloSaetbyeol Kim, pianoMitchell Kuhn, (read more…)


PHILADELPHIA, PA— Astral announces the panelists for its 2019 National Auditions in the voice, woodwinds & brass, piano, strings, and small chamber ensemble disciplines. The auditions will take place in Philadelphia on May 28, 29, 30, and 31. The independent panel, comprised of industry-leading musicians, managers, and presenters, will adjudicate the live auditions and recommend (read more…)


PHILADELPHIA, PA—Astral announces its 2019/2020 Astral In Concert season. The season features Astral’s signature Center City Concerts series, which presents programming of time-honored masterworks, rarely heard chamber music gems, and new works made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning Program. The concluding concert of the season, titled Musical Roots, is an adventurous chamber music experience including improvisation and multimedia. (read more…)


PHILADELPHIA, PA—Astral congratulates the following artists who have been invited to compete in the Astral 2019 National Auditions.  The live auditions will take place in Philadelphia on May 28, 29, 30, and 31. An independent panel of industry leading musicians, agents, and presenters will adjudicate the live auditions and recommend artists to be passed on (read more…)