To foster future generations of orchestral musicians, and to pass down the spirit of the NSO's refined way of playing, the NSO Orchestra Academy was founded in September of 2012 with the goal of helping to bridge the gap between what is taught at school and what musicians need for their fully professional development. The Academy allows members to participate in orchestral, ensemble and chamber music performances to develop further their spirit of collegiality and understanding of professionalism.
In addition to sectional coaching, chamber ensembles and sitting in on orchestral sessions, the members also receive instruction from internationally acclaimed soloists such as Joseph Lin, Sergei
Nakariakov, Viviane Hagner, Jan Vogler, Hsin-Yun Huang, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Jörgen van Rijen, Johannes Moser, Wen-Sinn Yang and Baiba Skride; and from conductors like Fabien Gabel, Nicholas Milton, John Axelrod, Carolyn Kuan, Michael Sanderling and André de Ridder. In addition, members attended master classes presented by principal brass players from internationally-acclaimed orchestras visiting Taiwan like the New York Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra.
The Academy's resident conductor, Yin-Fang Chang, is responsible for planning the training programs and for regular coaching. NSO principal players also contribute to enhancing the trainees' professionalism. In so doing, they are passing on to future generations the unique sound and style of the NSO.