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Nashville Symphony Premiere at the League of American Orchestras Conference

A work for large-scale chamber ensemble celebrating the students of the Accelerando Program.


The Nashville Symphony requests support for the commission and premiere of a new work by violist and composer, Christopher Farrell. The piece, featuring a chamber orchestra, will be written in celebration of the students enrolled in our Accelerando Program, an intensive education program designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse ethnic backgrounds for the pursuit of music at the collegiate level and beyond.

The 10-minute work will premiere as a part of the League of American Orchestras conference, to be hosted in Nashville in June 2019. Accelerando students, their teachers, and program mentors will join together to rehearse and perform. Composer Christopher Farrell, a Nashville Symphony violist since 1999 and Accelerando faculty member, will join the orchestra in performance. The work will be conducted by the Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, Enrico Lopez-Yañez.

The Accelerando Program provides barrier-free access to high-quality, intensive music education for Middle Tennessee students of diverse backgrounds, improving the quality of their performances, their knowledge of music history and theory, and their success rate in college admissions.

The need for the program emerged when the Nashville Symphony determined that students from underrepresented communities in Middle Tennessee lack access to the high-level, intensive training that is essential to compete in auditions for college music schools. In response to this need and through consultation with community partners, the Symphony developed the Accelerando Program to provide rigorous instrument instruction, coaching for music school applications and auditions, and immersion in the culture of a professional orchestra to young musicians from underrepresented communities in Middle Tennessee who aspire to pursue careers in orchestral music.

Students in the program identify with Pakistani, African-American, Filipino, Indian, Hispanic/Latino, Vietnamese, and Syrian nationalities, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. Instruments represented in the student group include flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, and percussion.

For our students, teachers, and program mentors, this will be a unique opportunity to showcase local pride through the composition, preparation, and performance of a world premiere work that is written especially for them. It will allow us to demonstrate the excellent progress of the students while sharing the value of the program with orchestra professionals from across the United States.


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Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee
Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the Nashville Symphony has established an international profile with its innovative programming and steadily expanding discography. Founded in 1946, the orchestra is one of Tennessee’s largest and longest-running nonprofit performing arts organizations. With 170 performances annually, the Symphony’s concert schedule encompasses a…

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