Two premier presenting organizations, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts, are collaborating to present SHIFT, a week-long spotlight on North American orchestras of all sizes, debuting in the spring of 2017.

SHIFT celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation’s capital. The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies,
 with each participating orchestra presenting education events, symposia, and community events in venues around Washington, D.C., along with full-orchestra performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

The application period for the 2018 SHIFT Festival has closed.

Applications are now under review.

Participating orchestras for Spring 2017’s inaugural SHIFT Festival:

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Generous support is provided through a matching grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
SHIFT is presented in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras.