Connect. Collaborate. Inspire.

Astral’s mission is to empower outstanding, emerging musicians to shape purposeful and sustainable careers that inspire, connect, and excite diverse audiences. Through our program, artists hone their skills through performances, mentorship, and community involvement to achieve sustainable and impactful careers in classical music.

HOW WE EMPOWER OUR ARTISTS
  • Professional development and mentorship from Astral Artistic Advisors, Astral Staff, Astral Board, and Astral Laureates
  • Support in their creation and development of digital assets (Social Media, Website, Headshots, & Videos)
  • Networking opportunities with the Astral roster
  • Opportunities to perform in and around the Philadelphia region
  • Opportunities for educational and community engagement
  • Opportunities to commission and premiere new works

Astral’s musicians are leading performers, innovators, and voices in their artforms, expanding and enriching the reach, definition, and significance of classical music. Artists who share these values are encouraged to apply to the 2023 Astral National Competition.

In 2023, Auditions will be held for:
SOLO PERCUSSION
SOLO PIANO
SOLO STRINGS
(including harp, guitar, mandolin, and other fretted strings)
SOLO VOICE
(countertenor, tenor, baritone, bass)
SMALL CHAMBER ENSEMBLES
(maximum of 6 players having spent a minimum of 2 years together)
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Important Dates //////////////////////////////////////////////////

DECEMBER 12, 2022
Applications open

MARCH 20, 2023
Online application deadline (11:59pm EST); NO APPLICATION FEE

APRIL 17, 2023
Notification of advancement to Round 2

MAY 22 – MAY 25, 2023
Live In-Person Auditions and Interviews in Philadelphia, PA

JUNE 5, 2023
2023 National Competition Winners Announced

EARLY FALL, 2023
National Competition Winners Concert (in Philadelphia) and New Artist Welcome Week (in Philadelphia)

Frequently Asked Questions ////////////////////////////////////////////

Are you a management agency?

No. However, presenters and orchestras do engage Astral artists for solo, recital, and chamber music performances. These engagements are managed by our staff through Astral’s bookings department.

Can I have management and be on Astral’s roster?

Yes. Astral is non-exclusive, and we will work with artists who have management, in cooperation with their agents.

Do I receive payment for participating in Astral’s programs?

Yes. We pay our artists for participation in performance events and community engagement programs.

Does Astral charge any service fees to its roster artists?

No. Our services are provided free of charge to our roster artists. A small administrative fee is assessed for some bookings.

Do I need to live in Philadelphia to be on the roster?

No. However, since our programming takes place in Philadelphia, artists need to travel here for engagements and meetings. Astral reimburses for most travel expenses. 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.

How do you define “early-career”?

We define early-career musicians as those who are nearly or recently finished with their higher education, and who are actively pursuing professional careers as soloists or chamber ensembles.

How long do artists stay on Astral’s roster?

Artists typically stay on our roster for an average of four years. Through our program, artists hone their skills through performances, mentorship, and community involvement to achieve sustainable and impactful careers in classical music.