Ovations Performances

The North Carolina Symphony’s Ovations program offers the opportunity for student musicians to perform for NCS audiences at Meymandi Concert Hall. The performances take place on select Classical Series concert nights from 7:15pm to 7:45pm in the lower-level gallery.

Ovations is open to all young musicians—school ensembles, community groups, or individuals. It is an excellent way to gain additional performance experience or even to prepare for another concert or competition. Plus, each performer and group director receives a complimentary ticket for that evening’s NCS concert!

Applications are closed for our 2018/19 Ovations schedule. Please check back in spring to apply for our 2019/20 season.

Ovations is sponsored by the WCPE Educational Fund.

Youth Concerto Competition

The North Carolina Symphony’s Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition is North Carolina’s premier performance competition for young instrumentalists. The competition fosters the most promising musical talents in our state; winners have gone on to enter some of the world’s most prestigious music schools perform with other acclaimed music organizations across the country.

The competition is open to candidates ages 10 to 21 and is divided into junior and senior age groups. A panel of NCS musicians adjudicates preliminary and final rounds in Raleigh. The first- and second-prize winners in each division receive cash awards, with the first-prize senior division winner also earning the opportunity to perform in concert with the North Carolina Symphony.

The next Youth Concerto Competition takes place in spring 2019. Information and guidelines will be posted in early January.


Open Rehearsals

At Open Rehearsals, students have the fascinating opportunity to watch the North Carolina Symphony at work, observing first-hand how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the conductor and the musicians.

Open rehearsals for our 2018/19 season are fully booked, but an application form for the 2019/20 season will be posted here in the spring.

Educators are invited to make Open Rehearsal reservations free of charge for students in grade six and up. Rehearsals take place at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (rehearsal times are subject to change). One adult chaperone is required for every ten students.

Conductors or guest artists are often available to hold a Q&A session with students during the rehearsal break (at approximately 11:15 am) or following the rehearsal. When making your reservation, please confirm your interest in participating in a Q&A session.

Master Classes

Young musicians in North Carolina have invaluable opportunities to work directly with NCS musicians and guest artists through our master classes. In these one-on-one and small-group lessons, students hone their technique, refine their repertoire, and learn to bring artistry to their music making. Please contact our Education Department at education@ncsymphony.org to learn more.


Schools interested in attending a ticketed NCS performance may arrange tickets at our group rate (available for groups of 10 or more). Our Friday Favorites concerts take place during the school day! For more information, please contact Ashley Blankenship, Group Sales & Promotions Coordinator, at 919.789.5505 or ablankenship@ncsymphony.org.