Kennedy Center Programs

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is committed to fostering the growth of young artists. As partners with YoungArts, the Kennedy Center is providing opportunities for YoungArts alumni to participate in Kennedy Center professional development programs. For each program listed below (unless noted otherwise), YoungArts alumni are encouraged to apply and become eligible to be chosen as YoungArts Alumni fellows – which includes all expenses-paid. Each program has distinct application rules. You must apply directly to the program via the Kennedy Center. To be eligible to become a YoungArts fellow, your application must be completed by the deadline, and you must submit your name (name-only, applications will only be accepted by the Kennedy Center program you are applying to) as a candidate to

Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead
Identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artist-composers and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors led by pianist and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, Jason Moran.

Application Deadline | October 31, 2014
Program Dates | March 23 – April 3, 2015

Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell 
A three-week summer ballet intensive for pre-professional dancers led by legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell, an authority on the Balanchine style.

Application Deadline | December 19, 2014
Program Dates | July 27-August 15, 2015

Washington National Opera (WNO) Opera Institute 
An intensive three-week summer program where outstanding classical singers study in a professional and nurturing environment with nationally and internationally renowned artists and teachers.

Application Deadline | January 16, 2015
Live auditions | Saturday, January 24, 2015 and Saturday, January 31, 2015
Video auditions | Friday, January 16, 2015
Program Dates | June 22 - July 11, 2015

National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute 
An intensive, four-week summer program in which young musicians engage directly with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Application Deadline | January 26, 2015
Program Dates | June 29 – July 26, 2015 

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival*
A national theater program created to inspire and promote academic theater from around the nation.

*You cannot apply to this program. Alumni selected for this opportunity will be contacted directly.