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
For vocalists, Astral also provides opportunities and access to sing for agents, consultants, and opera companies both local to Philadelphia and nationally.
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 in 2024/2025.
Because of the abundance of exceptional artists selected to join the roster in the 23/24 season, Astral will be postponing next year’s auditions to the 24/25 season.
Frequently Asked Questions ////////////////////////////////////////////
Are you a management agency?
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.