ON Academy

ON Academy

ON Mission

One of Orchestra Next’s primary goals is to offer mentorship to aspiring professional musicians. In a typical season, we have done this by auditioning in ~35 musicians who sit next to our principals in productions. Since 2012, this has been our model – and it has been incredible. 

But this season is different.

Right now, we don’t know when we’ll be able to go back into the pit. Clearly, we have to adapt.  

For the 20/21 season, we are still going to offer mentorship to aspiring professional musicians. We are still going to audition in ~35 musicians into our Fellowship Program. And we’re going to engage in creative projects and performances. 

And we’re very pleased to offer something new:

ON Academy

ON Academy is a program of online masterclasses and discussions geared toward professional development. ON Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with ON Alumni, ON Principals, and guests. 

ON Academy 2020/21


    • Nov. 20, 7pm – Incubation not Isolation: How to be artistically productive and positive in challenging times with Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington


    • Dec. 1, 7pm – Working in a DAW: with Lance Miller

    • Dec. 8, 7pm – Yoga for every body with Lydia VanDreel

    • Dec. 15, 7pm – Graphic Notation with Pius Cheung


    • Jan. 5, 7pm – Music Business with Wonkak Kim

    • Jan. 26, 7pm – Posture and Body Mechanics with Lisa McWhorter


    • Feb. 2, 7pm – How to Cultivate Your Very Best Sound with Carson Keeble

    • Feb. 9, 7pm – Taxes: Resources for Performing Artists with Steve Curtis
    • Feb. 16, 7pm – The Art of Interpretation with Sarah Viens


    • Mar. 2, 7pm – Body Mapping with Laura Zaerr

    • Mar. 16, 7pm – Musical Fusion with non-Western Traditional Music with Wonkak Kim


    • Apr. 6, 7pm – Career Planning and Preparation, Dr. Steve Vacchi
    • Apr. 13, 7pm – Arts Administration with Sarah Viens
    • Apr. 27, 7pm – Audition Preparation with Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington

How can you join?

There are two ways to join the ON Academy: 

  1. Fellowship Program: if you are accepted as a Fellow, you will have full access to ON Academy. Applications are due Oct. 11. If you are not accepted as a Fellow, you will have the opportunity to sign up for ON Academy. 
  2. Student Program: ANY student can sign up to be a part of this program. While we don’t have any age restrictions to join, this series will be tailored for students from high school through college and beyond.   

Tuition for ON Academy is on a sliding scale from $0-$500.


Email anytime at orchestranext [at] gmail.com

Ready to Enroll?

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