A Program of Excellence

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2023/24 season will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Talent Development Program™ (TDP). The trailblazing program is a first-of-its-kind initiative among U.S. orchestras, designed to identify, mentor, and develop middle and high school Atlanta musicians of African American and Latine heritage for careers as professional classical musicians.

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Enjoy this excerpt from the Talent Development Program 30th Anniversary Alumni Orchestra:

What does the TDP provide?

  • Weekly private lessons with an ASO musician
  • Summer program financial assistance
  • Solo recital and chamber music performance opportunities
  • Technical and performance juries
  • Assistance with preparation for auditions
  • Mentoring and one-on-one coaching
  • Complimentary tickets to ASO classical concerts for Fellows and their families

Who is Eligible?

  • Students in rising fifth grade to rising tenth grade who have at least one parent who is either African American or Latine
  • Serious music students who have already reached a high level of proficiency on a standard orchestral instrument

TDP Impact Report

The TDP prepares gifted African American and Latine musicians for careers in classical music. Read highlights from the program's 2021/22 season and catch up with some of TDP's accomplished alumni.

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Preparing gifted African American and Latine musicians for careers in classical music.

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Support the TDP

Your support helps one of the longest-running, year-round musical education diversity programs in America.

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Audition applications for the 2024/25 season have closed. Thank you for your interest in the Talent Development Program.

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Current Students

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program is proud to introduce our current students. 

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Talent Development Program Instructors

Meet the instructors of the Talent Development Program.

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Students from the TDP go on to achieve success in the orchestral world in a myriad of ways.

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In The News

Latest news for the Talent Development Program and alumni.

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Photo Galleries

View images from past Talent Development Program events.

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Pathway Program Resources

Pathway Programs

Representatives from Pathway Programs across the country recently gathered in Atlanta for the third Building Bridges Symposium, presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Equity Arc. The team from Equity Arc presented findings from the 2023 National Collective Pathways Census Report.

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To learn more, visit equityarc.org.

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