The Next Festival of Emerging Artists’ 10th Anniversary Season
May 26 – June 9, 2023

The 2023 Next Festival of Emerging Artists is a two-week experience consisting of performances, individual lessons, coachings, and workshops for 30 participating string Fellows, composers, choreographers, and dancers.

With residencies and performances in upstate New York (PS21/Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) and New York City (American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival), Fellows collaborate with some of today’s most exciting composers, perform a program of all world premieres, participate in workshops and recording sessions of new works, and explore multi-disciplinary collaboration and improvisation. As part of our commitment to supporting the artists of tomorrow, the program is “pay-what-you-can.”

The 2023 Next Festival of Emerging Artists will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a program of world premieres for string orchestra based on the theme of Interactivity, including by 2023 Guest Artist and guitarist/composer Yvette Young, 2022 Pulitzer-Finalist Leilehua Lanzilotti, composer/violinist (and 2022 Festival alum) Che Buford, saxophonist/composer Matthew Evan Taylor, and Peter Askim (The Next Festival’s Artistic Director).

As part of our 2023 Season, The Next Festival will be an American Composers Orchestra EarShot Partner Orchestra, supporting emerging composers and the creation of new music and will be presented by ACO as part of its 2023 SONiC Festival in New York City.  |  more info

Fund the Future!

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is designed to cultivate the next generation of 360° artists by focusing not only on contemporary music, but also on entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary collaboration, and developing artist citizens. The Festival was founded on the idea that deserving artists can participate regardless of financial circumstances and we offer a unique “pay-what-you-can” model. Your support will help us fund the future of this amazing opportunity for young artists. Learn more!


With Gracious Support From


Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University  •  The Amphion Foundation  •  The Williamson Foundation  •  The Heineman Foundation