PHILADELPHIA, PA – Astral announces the participants and panelists for its 2023 National Competition in low voice, strings, piano, percussion, and small chamber ensembles.

The auditions will take place in Philadelphia on May 22, 23, and 24, 2023. The independent panel, comprised of industry-leading musicians, managers, and educators, will adjudicate the live competition, and recommend artists to be passed on to the final, interview round of the Competition. The Astral 2023 National Competition Winners will be announced mid-June..

The general public is invited to attend the following portions of the live competition. Please note that seating is limited. Advanced Registration is required by May 18, 2023 at the following link or by contacting the Astral office at 215.735.6999 or

Rock Hall (second floor, balcony*)
Temple University, Boyer College of Music & Dance
1715 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19122

* Please note that the second floor balcony of Rock Hall is not ADA accessible.

Monday, May 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 12:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Astral congratulates the following artists who have been invited to compete live in the Astral 2023 National Competition:

Astral Mixtape, chamber ensemble
Katherine Benson, piano
Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin
Maggie Cox, double bass
Matias Cuevas, piano
Joseph Ehrenpreis, classical guitar
Sylvia Jiang, piano
Suejin Jung, piano
Abigail Kent, harp
Eunbi Kim, piano
James Koo, percussion
Sohee Kwon, piano
Yun Janice Lu, piano
Jonathan Mak, piano
Emma Meinrenken, violin
Zachary Mowitz, cello
Priscila Navarro, piano
Yeontaek Oh, piano
Lenny Ranallo, classical & electric guitar
Andres Sanchez, cello
Dongyoung Jake Shim, violin
Nathaniel Sullivan, baritone
Claire Thai, harp
Joseph Vaz, piano
Luis Fernando Moita Venturelli de Souza, cello
Noël Wan, harp
Derek Wang, piano
Jaewon Wee, violin
Patrick Wilhelm, baritone
Oliver Xu, percussion
Xiaoyi Xu, piano
Michael Yeung, percussion

The 2023 National Competition Panelists for the live round are:

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

Jonathan Beyer
Baritone; Voice Faculty, Chautauqua Institution; Guest Lecturer, Curtis Institute of Music

Michelle Cann
Astral Artistic Advisor; Grammy-Award Winning Pianist; Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies, Curtis Institute of Music

Stewart Goodyear
Internationally-Renowned Pianist; Composer

Carleen Graham
Dean of Vocal Arts, Manhattan School of Music

Andrew Hilary Grams
Conductor; Former Music Director, Elgin Symphony

Mary Javian
Astral Artistic Advisor; Double Bassist; Chair of Career Studies, Curtis Institute of Music

Paul Laraia
Violist, Catalyst Quartet; Faculty, Boston Conservatory at the Berklee School of Music

Don Liuzzi
Principal Timpani, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Jesús Morales-Matos
Cellist, Dalí Quartet; Professor, Temple University

Rolando Morales-Matos
Percussion Faculty, Curtis Institute of Music

Angela Zator Nelson
Percussion, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Jannina Norpoth
Violinist, PUBLIQuartet

Lourdes Starr
Astral President & CEO

Elizabeth Steiner
Harpist, Broadway Sinfonietta; Sphinx Organization LEAD Fellow; Lyra Society Teaching Artist

Kyle Walker
Pianist, DARA + KYLE; Founding Member, The Dream Unfinished; Faculty, NYU Steinhardt

John Marcel Williams
Artistic Director, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society

Vera Wilson
Astral Founder; Artistic Consultant, Dinin Arts Management

Amy Yang
Associate Dean of Piano Studies and Artistic Initiatives, Curtis Institute of Music

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