Astral is a nonprofit intensive mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical musicians. We concentrate our resources on a small number of rising-star soloists and chamber ensembles with the potential to be change-makers and influencers.
While we call Philadelphia home, artists come from across the country to vie for a spot on our roster through our competitive National Auditions. Our programs work together to support our artists' professional and artistic growth.
One of Philadelphia's most critically acclaimed concert series, Astral In Concert is our public performances arm that introduces Philadelphia to some of the most talent musicians of this generation. Astral In Concert takes audiences into the sublime world of chamber music and recital, while helping our emerging artists learn how to use repertoire, both traditional and modern, to communicate who they are as individuals, artists, and thinkers. Additionally we are champions in the creation and performance of new music, and have a twenty-year history of commissioning and presenting world premieres by award-winning and emerging composers.