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National Pathways Festival & Summit

April 6, 2024 - April 8, 2024

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, 37201 $75 – $275

Presented in Partnership with:

National Pathways Festival

The National Pathways Festival convenes pre-college Pathways musicians from across the country in Nashville for a multi-day musical experience. Selected through a competitive audition, fellows will play side-by-side with the Nashville Symphony under the leadership of Giancarlo Guerrero. Fellows will also network with collegiate representatives and peers who come from similar cultural backgrounds.

Equity Arc Summit

The Equity Arc Summit occurs concurrently with the National Pathways Festival. Attendees will engage in strategic conversations on advancing equity collectively at the pre-college and collegiate stages of musical development.

Summit Highlights Include:

  • Opportunities to connect with representatives from collegiate and Pathways programs
  • Keynote Address from Monica Ellis, bassoonist of Imani Winds
  • Strategic conversations on building representative classes in a post-Affirmative Action environment
  • Progress report and continued discussion on the pre-college and collegiate action items identified at the 2023 convening in Cincinnati
  • Culminating side-by-side performance of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony from the National Pathways Festival Orchestra, followed by a post-concert reception

Be part of the conversation that sparks insights, ideas, and initiatives for equity-based programs across the nation. View event details and register below. Registration closes on March 25, 2024, or once event capacity is reached. 

Please contact Paula Wilson at  with questions regarding this event.

Summit Overview

Saturday, April 6

3:00 pm
Summit Registration Opens

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Summit Session 1: Opening Session and Musician Panel

7:30 pm
Nashville Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sunday, April 7

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Summit Session 2: Pathways and Collegiate Panel Conversations

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Summit Session 3: Breakout Conversations Part 1

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
College Fair and College Admissions Panel

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Joint Dinner with NPFO Fellows and Keynote Address from Monica Ellis

Monday, April 8

10:00 am – 11:00 am  
NPFO Open Rehearsal with Giancarlo Guerrero

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Summit Session 4: Breakout Conversations Part 2

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Summit Session 5: Student Performance and Report Out

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Group Dinner at Assembly Food Hall (pay your own)

7:30 pm
NPFO Closing Concert

9:00 pm
Post-Concert Reception


2024 National Pathways Festival & Summit Registration

Summit Registration is $75 for Equity Arc members and $125 for non-members. Collegiate non-members may register for the college fair only for $200 or bundle the fair and summit registration for $275. Summit Registration closes March 25, 2024 or once capacity is reached.

Registration includes:

1) Access to all Summit sessions

2) Lunch and Dinner on Apr. 7 and Lunch on Apr. 8

3) Complimentary tickets to the National Pathways Festival Concert and post-concert reception

4) Discounted $15 tickets to Nashville Symphony’s Beethoven and Shostakovich concert on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Check your confirmation email for the ticket link.

Plan Your Experience

Event Location

The 2024 National Pathways Festival & Summit will be held in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center (1 Symphony Pl, Nashville, TN 37201). View campus map ›


Book your stay for a discounted rate at the below hotels:

Hyatt House Nashville Downtown (.5 miles from Schermerhorn Symphony Center)
Address: 535 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville, TN 37203

Ground Transportation & Parking

From Airport
Nashville International Airport is located 7.4 miles from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Ground transportation options include:

By Car
There are a variety of parking options available near the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. View parking & driving info ›


Lunch and dinner are provided on Sunday and lunch is provided on Monday to Summit attendees. Browse nearby dining options for meals that are not included.


April 6, 2024
April 8, 2024
$75 – $275
Event Category:


Equity Arc
Nashville Symphony


Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Pl
Nashville, 37201 United States
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