Thursday afternoon we held a reception for returning students and families in the Nashville Symphony Accelerando program to welcome four new students and families who join Accelerando this fall. It was truly exciting and heartwarming to spend some time celebrating with these talented, motivated young musicians, and officially mark the beginning of new year of working together.
Yesterday’s reception brought to a close the long and thorough audition process that began with initial auditions on March 4, semifinal auditions in April, and finalist trial lessons over the summer. We are very proud of these fine young musicians and what they have already accomplished!
Our second class of Accelerando students consists of four students in grades 7 & 8, each of whom attends a different school: one in Williamson County and the other three at Metro Nashville Public Schools. This year’s four new students join our returning inaugural class of six students for a total of ten young instrumentalists enrolled in Accelerando this year.
Our 2017-2018 Accelerando students collectively play violin, viola, flute, bassoon, oboe, and trombone, and will begin weekly lessons with Nashville Symphony musicians in September, as part of a comprehensive scholarship program of activities to prepare them for music school at the college level.
John F. Kennedy Middle Prep,
Rose Park Magnet Math & Science Middle School,
Sunset Middle School,
Williamson County Schools
McKane (Max) Robinson,
Head Middle Magnet,
We are thrilled to welcome these gifted young musicians into the Nashville Symphony family! It is very exciting for all of us at the symphony to see how quickly the Accelerando program has grown: now ten students strong, each from a different school representing three school districts and many different facets of our dynamic Middle Tennessee community.