Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Talent Development Program™

Celebrating 25 Years of Preparing Gifted African American and Latino Music Students for Acceptance in Top Music Programs

Twenty-five years ago, a group of Atlanta community leaders set out to find a way to attract more talented young musicians of color into classical music careers. Led by Azira G. Hill, one of the longest-running, year-round musical education diversity programs was born, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program (TDP)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra cares deeply about advancing the vitality and relevance of symphonic music. An important step on this journey is creating a stronger association between the musicians and the communities we serve. Since its inception, the TDP has served talented young musicians, and the entire field of classical music, by providing the highest level of musical training to hundreds of African-American and Latino students. Nearly 100 fellows have graduated from the program and gone on to attend top music schools, including The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music and the Peabody Institute, to name but a few. This strong educational foundation had led many to careers in orchestras, teaching and performance.

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Applications for the 2019/20 season are now being accepted through February 28, 2019.

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Support generously provided by AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power, and Georgia-Pacific 

TDP25 Celebration in the News

The 74: ‘Why Do People Automatically Assume Black Musicians Play Jazz?’
Marlon Walker from the AJC interviewed Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Gramling, Mekhi Gladden and Chelsea Sharpe
11 Alive’s Erika Facey Palmer covered the story 11Alive-TDP25
WSB’s People to People
EarRelevant Blog
Lois Reitzes re-aired an interview with Adrienne Thompson, Ryan Walks, and Fellow, Vincent Tapia
Feature story in Mundo Hispanico
• Instagram Takeover by Drew Forde “That Viola Kid” for his 120K followers
Facebook Event Photos

Upcoming TDP Events:

Talent Development Program Spring Recitals

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Sat, April 27, 2019 1:00 PM

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Sun, April 28, 2019 4:00 PM

Please join us for an exciting recital in support of Talent Development Program students.

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