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About Us

The Annapolis Symphony Academy is changing lives by providing a high-level musical education to students of all cultural and economic backgrounds. Music has the power to change lives. It is soulful, invigorating, challenging, emotionally charged, and immensely rewarding. It affects us all every day in virtually any situation we find ourselves in. 

Allow us to introduce you to the wonders of music and in return, introduce us to something unique about yourself. We can create a family together, a musical roof over a shared vision that our lives can be changed for the better with the power of music.

The Annapolis Symphony Academy

Our model for diversity

While classical music embraces all, it is not always accessible to everyone. Studies show that only a staggering 4% of orchestral players come from a minority background in the United States*. The Academy is structured in a unique way that promotes accessibility to classical music.

Through the incredible generosity of our donors, the Academy awards up to fifty percent of its annual tuition revenue in need-based scholarships. We believe this model provides a truly diverse student body, as it merges two overlapping, yet nonidentical, concepts of equality onto one program: our students are selected for the program strictly based on merit as well as their drive to learn and become better musicians.

Half of the Annapolis Symphony Academy student body is composed of under-represented minorities in a model that emphasizes interaction and mutual respect.

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Our Faculty


Netanel Draiblate, Founder and Academy Director

José-Luis Novo, Director of Orchestral Activities

Julie Nolan, Program Director & Grants Manager

Heather Haughn, Chair, Strings Department

Kimberly Valerio, Chair, Woodwinds and Brass Department

Join Now

We are looking forward to meeting you and hearing you play! Audition dates and tuition information are available via the dropdown menu under the "Enrollment" tab on our website.. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at ndraiblate@annapolissymphony.org or 443-454-0609.

Other Exclusive Annapolis Symphony Academy benefits include:
  • Workshops with Annapolis Symphony Orchestra soloists, guest artists and speakers
  • Performance opportunities
  • Community service
  • Assistance with applications and auditions (summer festivals, colleges & universities)
  • Access to Annapolis Symphony Orchestra rehearsals
  • Complimentary Annapolis Symphony Orchestra concert access (live or online via Symphony+)

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