Submission deadline for 2023-24 applications:
Thursday, June 15 at 11:59 pm.

Notifications will be available on Saturday, July 1.

Applications submitted after deadline will be considered, by priority given to those who submitted before the deadline.


Applicants must be highly driven, dedicated, and interested in pursuing a professional career in classical music.

Applicants must be rising 8th-12th grade students, residing within the Baltimore/Washington metro region.

Eligible students must play the following orchestral instruments:

  • Violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon
  • Horn, trumpet, trombone/bass trombone, tuba
  • Percussion, harp

Online Application

The application and audition process will consist of the following elements:

  • Includes questions on family information, demographics, musical experience, academic experience, and financial overview.
  • Essay question included in the application: What gives you a unique voice to be able use your music to better yourself and society and how might being a part of this program help you achieve your goals?
  • A written essay (750 word maximum) or video essay (5 minute maximum) must be included in the application submission.
  • Essay Tips: Please type your essay and save as either a MS Word file (.docx) or as a PDF (.pdf) file.
  • For External Candidates Only: A teacher recommendation and family interview will be needed (internal candidates do not need to provide a recommendation or family interview). Teacher recommendations can be sent in PDF form to Mateen Milan ([email protected]).

Video Audition (included within the online application) 

  • Prepare 2 contrasting movements from solo pieces of standard solo repertoire for your instrument.
  • Pieces may be performed with or without recorded accompaniment.
  • The video should preferably be one-take and unedited. You can try as many times as you want to and submit your best take.

Your video must include:

  • An introduction of your name and instrument
  • Announce and play the 1st piece
  • Announce and play the 2nd piece

Video Tips:

  • Use a smart phone video in landscape orientation.
  • Use the rear facing camera.
  • Use a tripod or rest the device on a stable platform.
  • No handheld videos.
  • Ensure your whole self is visible and that you fully fill the frame.
  • Record in a well-lit and spacious quiet room.
  • Dress professionally, like at a performance.
  • Look at the recording device when speaking.

Don’t have the appropriate equipment or resources described above in order to make a recording? Email [email protected] to set up a zoom audition.

Ready to Apply?

Are you ready to apply for Baltimore-Washington Musical Pathways?