Learning & Engagement

Student Programs

Summer String Institute

The Summer String Institute immerses talented and aspiring middle school and high school string musicians in an intensive week of mentoring, chamber music coaching, individual lessons, and rehearsals.

National Philharmonic created its wildly successful Summer String Institutes in 1998 to nurture the skills and talents of young musicians and encourage their participation in classical music now and throughout their lives. This summer, join National Philharmonic principal players and other distinguished faculty for a challenging and exciting week of chamber and  orchestral music. Join us for a week long journey focused on enriching the orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. While Summer String Institute students work on ambitious repertoire to develop true professionalism, they also enjoy camaraderie and the adventure of creating great music.

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Youth Mentorship Program


The Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) aims to contribute to students’ holistic growth through the vehicles of music and extra musical opportunities to connect with a diverse community of students and professional musicians. This year, the YMP will integrate with NatPhil’s Lesson Bank, providing weekly private instrumental lessons for all participants. As an ever-evolving program in collaboration with our 2022-23 Sphinx Orchestral Futurist in Residence, Yasmine Bougacha, we will introduce an additional component, the YMP Chamber Players. This program includes chamber group assignments, biweekly chamber music coachings, and performance opportunities.

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Young Musicians

Throughout the year, the National Philharmonic offers talented young musicians the opportunity to perform for and be mentored by critically acclaimed guest artists who appear in concert with the Philharmonic.

Pre-selected students perform these master classes, which are free and open to the public, providing a chance to observe master musicians sharing their experience and skills with the country’s future performers.

National Philharmonic Masterclasses are sponsored by Potter Violins.


2nd Grade Concerts

School Program · Montgomery County 2nd Graders

Each year, the National Philharmonic performs a concert for every 2nd grader in the county, introducing over 10,000 students to the wonder of live performance.

Provided by Strathmore in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools, these collaborative concerts provide a lesson on classical music and meet curriculum objectives for students. Strathmore Student Concerts are made possible with generous support from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Geico, and Jordan Kitts Music.



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