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 Black and Latino heritage for careers as professional classical musicians.

To commemorate this milestone season, there will be several special events showcasing the TDP’s talented young musicians and alumni, many of which are free and open to the public.

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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 Black or Latinx
  • Serious music students who have already reached a high level of proficiency on a standard orchestral instrument

TDP Impact Report

The TDP prepares gifted Black 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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TDP Brochure

Preparing gifted Black and Latine musicians for careers in classical music.

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All of us at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra believe that young African American and Latino musicians in Atlanta, who have the grit and talent to succeed, should have access to a top-tier musical education. The Talent Development Program’s alumni have more than met this great challenge and are breaking barriers in all areas of classical music, all over the world. It is an honor to help lead this work, along with the parents, musicians, staff, volunteers, donors, and community members who support our Talent Development Program students and alumni.

Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director



Audition applications for the 2023/24 season are no longer being accepted. Learn more about auditioning for next season!

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Current Students

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

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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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Support the TDP

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

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In The News

Latest news for the Talent Development Program and alumni.

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Talent Development Program Musicale - November 2022

Photo Gallery: TDP Spring Recitals

On May 6 & 7, 2023, the TDP Spring Recitals featured our accomplished student musicians. Each student performed challenging masterworks in classical repertoire, including works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Strauss and Mozart.

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Pathway Program Resources

Creating diverse, equitable and inclusive education opportunities for young musicians pursuing a career in classical music.

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ASO Plays On: Talent Development Program

11Alive News features the ASO's Talent Development Program.

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Thanks to our Talent Development Program Sponsors


A Friend of the Symphony


Alston & Bird

The Coca-Cola Company

Delta Air Lines


Georgia Pacific

Georgia Power

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The Home Depot Foundation