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Astral Artists Appoints New Artistic Advisory Team: Michelle Cann, Mikael Eliasen, Mary Javian

Astral Artists is pleased to announce the appointment of three esteemed classical music industry professionals who make up an array of new Artistic Leadership:  Michelle Cann, concert pianist, pedagogue and Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, Mikael Eliasen, musical collaborator, coach and artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia, and Mary Javian, performer, educator and international public speaker.  (read more…)

ASTRAL ANNOUNCES 2022 NATIONAL COMPETITION WINNERS

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Astral Artists, a nonprofit intensive mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of classical musicians, is pleased to announce the winners of its 2022 National Competition. Selected from an initial pool of candidates from across the United States, and following a competitive audition and interview process, four exceptionally gifted rising-star (read more…)

ASTRAL ANNOUNCES 2022 NATIONAL AUDITIONS PARTICIPANTS & PANELISTS

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Astral announces the participants and panelists for its 2022 National Auditions in the voice, woodwinds & brass, percussion, and small chamber ensemble disciplines. The auditions will take place in Philadelphia on May 24, 25, and 26.  The independent panel, comprised of industry-leading musicians, managers, and educators, will adjudicate the live auditions and recommend artists (read more…)

2022 Astral National Auditions

PHILADELPHIA, PA— Astral Artists is accepting applications for its 2022 National Auditions through March 18, 2022. Those who pass this preliminary round will be invited to Philadelphia in late May to audition live for an esteemed panel of leading musicians, conductors, agents, and industry leaders. The Astral National Auditions are a 3-round process. Round 1 (read more…)

2021 WRTI & ASTRAL RADIO BLOCK PARTY

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…)

ASTRAL ANNOUNCES 2021 NATIONAL AUDITIONS WINNERS

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…)

2021 ASTRAL NATIONAL AUDITIONS APPLICATION OPEN

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…)