National Orchestral Institute + Festival: Youth Mentorship Program THE CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND


Chaz Salazar • NOI+F Sphinx Futurist Fellow & Program Lead

The NOI+F Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) pairs BIPOC string students enrolled in Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) high schools with NOI+F orchestral fellows for a month of immersive classical music instruction at no cost. Aiming to catalyze racial equity in the orchestral ecosystem, the Youth Mentorship Program creates a pipeline for young BIPOC musicians to access the resources and assets of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, a program of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

Program participants will engage in three artistic components:

• Observation: Participating students will attend NOI Philharmonic rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts.

• Private Instruction: Members of the NOI Philharmonic will teach participants four one-hour lessons.

• Sharing + Listening: 1-on-1 listening sessions where mentors and students exchange perspectives, needs, wants and experiences in the orchestral ecosystem

Among the long-term goals of the YMP is that mentees will, in the near future, become the next generation of mentors and consequently, they will be leading the next generation of orchestral musicians.

Photo by David Andrews


Key Dates

Applications Due • Monday, May 10, 2021 by 11:59PM EDT

Acceptance Notifications • Friday, May 14, 2021

First Day of YMP • Saturday May 29, 2021 (Virtual Orientation)

Last Day of YMP • Saturday, June 26, 2021

Sample Weekly Schedule

Saturday (In-Person)

9:30AM • Arrive at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

10:00AM-12:30PM • Orchestra Dress Rehearsal

12:30-1:30PM • Lunch

2:30-3:30PM • Lesson

4-5PM • Guest Speaker

5:30-6:30PM • Dinner

6:30-7:30PM • Pre-concert discussion

8-10PM • Concert

Dismissal once concert concludes

Tuesday (Virtual)

5:30-6:30PM: Sharing+Listening Session


Photo by David Andrews


Step 1: Complete Youth Mentorship Program Application

The YMP application includes your basic information and short answer questions.

Step 2: Upload Your Video Recording

Record any major scale and a 3-5 minute solo or etude. Recordings made on phones are acceptable.

Step 3: Submit Your Application


Chaz Salazar • NOI+F Sphinx Futurist Fellow & Program Lead

Chicano flutist Chaz Salazar employs “classical” music as a catalyst for social justice as a performer, teaching artist and musical activist. He works to ensure that students who are part of marginalized communities, specifically BIPOC, have equitable exposure and access to music and music education. As such, Chaz is thrilled to launch the Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) through his NOI+F Sphinx Futurist Fellowship.

In his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, he has served as the flute instructor for Harmony Project Phoenix, an El Sistema-inspired program. Chaz received his early formal musical training from a similar program called Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children that provides free music lessons to under-resourced youth.

A first-generation college graduate, Chaz earned both his B.M. and M.M. degrees in Flute Performance from Arizona State University, the latter degree as a Reach for the Stars Fellow. In addition, Chaz recently completed his Artist Diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Chaz’s influential teachers include Demarre McGill, Judy Conrad, Brian Gordon, Elizabeth Buck and Marco Granados.

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National Orchestral Institute + Festival

Marin Alsop, Music Director

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival, a program of the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, trains aspiring orchestral musicians, composers, conductors and arts administrators from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Musicians are chosen through a rigorous, cross-country audition process. Every year, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire both at The Clarice and in the College Park, Maryland community.

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The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is the thriving center for the performing arts at the University of Maryland. In the building are creative partners presenting arts that reflect our evolving cultural landscape, championing the creation of new work and engaging audiences in unique experiences – ultimately building the future of the arts. Located on a 17- acre site, The Clarice is one of the largest and best-equipped performing arts venues on any university campus. The building houses a performing arts library, lecture halls, seminar rooms, rehearsal spaces and sound-isolated practice rooms.

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Chaz Salazar • chazsalazarflutist@gmail.com

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