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Eligibility Guidelines

New as of 2022, Astral’s National Auditions will operate on a two-year rotation. In 2022 auditions will be held for brass, woodwind, voice, percussion, and small chamber ensembles (must include at least one of the aforementioned instrument groups). Astral will hold auditions for piano, strings (including guitar, mandolin, and other fretted strings), and small chamber ensembles (must include at least one pianist or string player) next season in 2023.

Classical musicians specializing in period, non-traditional, and folk instruments are always welcome to inquire; please email us with any questions regarding this.

This season Astral is not accepting applications for solo piano, solo strings, or chamber ensembles made up of only piano and/or strings.


  • 2022 Applicants need not be citizens of the United States. However, applicants must reside in, and be legally eligible to perform and be compensated in the contiguous United States (the 48 states that do not include Hawaii and Alaska, and territories of the United States).
  • Applicants who advance to Round 2 must be available to travel to Philadelphia, PA during the scheduled dates in May 2022 to audition in person and be eligible for acceptance to and participation in Round 3 – Interview.
  • Applicants must be available to attend orientation and perform in a Winners Concert event in Philadelphia in early Fall 2022.
  • Applicants may be under professional management.
  • Chamber ensembles must demonstrate that they have been a pre-formed group for at least 2 years. Ensembles may have a maximum of five players.
  • Applicants may apply as soloists in addition to applying as a member of a chamber ensemble.
  • Prizes are not awarded at the auditions; instead winners are invited to join Astral’s artist roster.
  • There is no limit to the number of artists to be invited onto Astral’s roster.
  • The panel has the right to recommend no artists, and all decisions are final.

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