Summer and Fall Paid Professional Opportunities for Collegiate Instrumentalists and Vocalists

With our strong commitment to creating professional paid opportunities for your college students, we are excited to share upcoming opportunity for students from NATO countries!

The American Pops Orchestra – 75th Anniversary of NATO
The American Pops Orchestra is seeking international student instrumentalists to audition to join the NATO Symphony Orchestra celebrating the 75th Anniversary of NATO at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

This is a first-of-its-kind inaugural event featuring a one-time-only, hour-long program of classical and popular repertoire played by an orchestra of students of NATO member countries. This concert will be led by our founder and music director, Luke Frazier, alongside members of the American Pops Orchestra and feature celebrity guest artists, to an audience of the diplomatic community (both foreign and domestic). There will be a post-performance VIP reception.

This is a PAID OPPORTUNITY: All participating students will receive an honorarium, as well as travel and housing accommodations.

July 7th (arrival) – July 12th (departure)
Rehearsals: July 7th (evening), July 8th, and July 9th
Performance: July 11th

Washington, DC
Performance at the Library of Congress
Student travel and housing are provided

Exclusive Opportunities for Student Participants
Tour of the Library of Congress
Meet-and-greet with the Secretary of Arts and Culture
VIP tour of the Kennedy Center
Tour of Smithsonian instrument collection
Tour of the National Cathedral

Students must currently be studying in the US and hail from a NATO member country, or be a first-generation American student of NATO country immigrants.

NATO Countries outside of the United States:  Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Instrumental Requirements
We are seeking top student players of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and auxiliary percussion (timpani).

Audition requirements
Submit a solo piece of your choice, with or without accompaniment
Video not to exceed 3 minutes
Reference contact for your primary teacher
Brief statement outlining why this experience would be meaningful to you
List your home country (or the home country of your parents, if first generation)

Submission Deadline: May 17th, 2024

Please submit materials OR this Google Form.
Unlisted YouTube links are preferred.

This event serves as the first in a series of paid professional college series that APO will offer, providing meaningful professional opportunities for college students across America. It is essential to our mission to support emerging talent in the field of music.

By Minh Nguyen
Minh Nguyen