Astral Artists

Philadelphia, PA

Astral is a nonprofit intensive mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical musicians. We concentrate our resources on a small number of rising-star soloists and chamber ensembles with the potential to be change-makers and industry leaders, positioning them to build the future of classical music.

Vera Wilson, 215-735-6283


Since its founding in 1992, Astral has specialized in identifying high-caliber and independent thinking musicians with the potential to be artistic leaders. Astral concentrates its resources on this small number of rising-star soloists and chamber ensembles and provides them with a pathway to build a future in classical music as artistic visionaries and influencers. During these unique times Astral continues to offer a full range of programming, all of which now emphasize tools for online creation as well as developing skills and relationships relating to live performance. This includes Astral’s digital series, Astral Nova, which empowers our artists to create in a digital space for our concert audiences. Our community partnership programs, Digital Classroom Classics and Digital Community Classics, which both continue fully virtual this season as well as Astral’s booking program, which provides our artists with a mix of live and digital engagements, as appropriate given national and regional health guidelines. Astral is committed to supporting emerging creators during this time when performing artists need support more than ever.