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 artists to be passed on to the final, interview round of the Auditions. The Astral 2019 National Auditions Winners will be announced in mid-June.

The 2019 National Auditions Panelists are:

VOICE (May 28)

Lawrence Loh
Music Director, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse)

Angela Meade
Metropolitan Opera soprano; recording artist; Laureate artist, Astral

Randall Scarlata
Concert baritone; recording artist; Co-Artistic Director, Alpenkammermusik Chamber Music Festival;Voice faculty, Peabody Conservatory, Tanglewood Music Center

Dan Visconti
Artistic Director, Astral, Fifth House Ensemble; Composer

Vera Wilson
Founding President, Astral

PIANO (May 29)

Jason Belz
Vice President, Director of Booking & Artist Manager, Kirshbaum Associates

Melvin Chen
Concert pianist; Deputy Dean, Yale School of Music

Anthony de Mare
Concert pianist; Contemporary Performance Faculty, Manhattan School of Music; Professor of Piano, NYU-Steinhardt; New Music Curator, The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Olga Kern
Concert pianist; recording artist; Steinway Artist; Director of Chamber Music, Virginia Arts Festival; Faculty, Manhattan School of Music

Igal Kesselman
Pianist; Director, Lucy Moses and Special Music Schools; Curator, Tuesday Matinee Series, Merkin Hall, Kauffman Music Center

Stuart Malina
Music Director & Conductor, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra; Principal Guest Conductor, Florida Orchestra; Pianist

Dan Visconti
Artistic Director, Astral, Fifth House Ensemble; Composer

Vera Wilson
Founding President, Astral

Natalie Zhu
Concert pianist; Artistic Director, Kingston Chamber Music Festival; Laureate artist, Astral


David Amado
Music Director, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra

Linda Chesis
Concert flutist; Founder & Artistic Director, Cooperstown Summer Music Festival; Faculty & Chair, Woodwind Department, Manhattan School of Music

Romie de Guise-Langlois
Concert clarinetist; Assistant Professor of Clarinet, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Laureate artist, Astral

Chien-Kwan Lin
Associate Professor of Saxophone, Eastman School of Music; Artist and clinician, Selmer and Vandoren companies

Michael Powell
Trombonist, American Brass Quintet; Principal trombone, Orchestra of St. Luke’s

William Rhoads
Senior Vice President, Esperanza Arts Center; Composer

Dan Visconti
Artistic Director, Astral, Fifth House Ensemble; Composer

Vera Wilson
Founding President, Astral

STRINGS (May 31)

Dmitri Berlinsky
Concert violinist; Artist teacher; Professor of Violin, College of Music, Michigan State University

Natasha Brofsky
Faculty, The Juilliard School; Cello, Peabody Trio (2000-2016)

Norman Fischer
Professor of Cello & Director of Chamber Music, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University; Head of Chamber Music, Tanglewood Music Center

Marka Gustavsson
Violinist/violist; Faculty, Bard Conservatory

Judith Ingolfsson
Concert violinist; Professor, State University of Music & Performing Arts Stuttgart; Co-Artistic Director & Founder, Festival Aigues-Vives en Musiques; Laureate artist, Astral

Charles Letourneau
Artist manager; Principal, Charles Letourneau LLC

Amy Oshiro-Morales
Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Roger Tapping
Viola, The Juilliard Quartet; Faculty, The Juilliard School

Dan Visconti
Artistic Director, Astral, Fifth House Ensemble; Composer

Gideon Whitehead
Concert guitarist; teacher

Vera Wilson
Founding President, Astral

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