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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TDP Alum Stanford Thompson Chosen to Oversee Sphinx LEAD Program and Grant

Upcoming TDP Events:

TDP 25th Anniversary Recital Series: First Presbyterian Church Atlanta

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Fri, November 30, 2018

In celebration of the 25th season of the TDP, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is excited to showcase many of our talented young musicians in the Atlanta area.

Talent Development Program 25th Anniversary Concert

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Sat, February 9, 2019

  • VALERIE COLEMAN: Untitled (Name TBD)
  • SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1
  • BOTTESINI: Gran Duo concertante
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7
  • Imani Winds
  • Robert Spano, Music Director
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Talent Development Program alumni will join Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a special evening of music in celebration of the 25 impactful years of the Talent Development Program.

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