The New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles worldwide.
A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony, under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. Modeled after the demands of a professional orchestra, the program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences learning alongside leading guest conductors, soloists and guest faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS' pioneering experimentation with distance learning via the internet.
NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative facilities and state-of-the-art technology at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony. In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. In the 27 years since its inception, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 950 alumni worldwide.