Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Talent Development Program™

Preparing Gifted African American and Latino Music Students for Acceptance in Top Music Programs

Twenty-six 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 2020/21 season are being accepted through February 29, 2020.

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Support generously provided by The Coca-Cola Company, Publix Super Market Charities, Georgia Power, Georgia-Pacific, Porsche, and Sage

TDP Alumni Khari Joyner performs Perkinson's "Black Folk Song Suite: IV. Perpetual Motion"

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