With support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is pleased to invite applications for two (2) fellowship positions for pre-professional musicians from underrepresented communities for calendar year 2018.

Designed to build skills and industry knowledge vital to a 21st-century career in the arts, the program will provide exposure and training across the core operating functions of a professional chamber orchestra. Fellows will receive support from the entire Orpheus team, and benefit from a unique combination of artistic and administrative experience, including:

  • Immersion in the Orpheus Process™, the distinct model which governs all aspects of the organization
  • Mentorship by dedicated Orpheus musician and Artistic Directors
  • Cross-departmental work experience, including marketing, development, artistic planning, education, and operations
  • Focused project in Orpheus program area; coordinated with fellow based on interest
  • Participation in rehearsals and artistic planning and board meetings
  • Funding and general support to self-present a recital in New York City in October 2018
  • Other funding for career development expenses such as audition travel, instruction, and instrument repair/supplies

Total award stipend of $6,000 includes $2,500 for rehearsal participation and administrative hours for project work and departmental support plus a $3,500 career development fund towards recital development and other expenses. Applicants who do not yet have a professional career will be eligible; current students studying towards a bachelor’s or graduate degree are preferred.

Applications open December 21, 2017 and close January 15, 2018. Fellows will be announced late January, with the program slated to begin early February.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Orpheus Fellowships.

Application Form
(with contact information and statement, in 250 words or less, explaining your interest)
-Link to 6-10 minute video clip
-two (2) letters of recommendation (optional)

Materials should be submitted to Michael Volpert, Director of Artistic Planning by e-mail at mvolpert@orpheusnyc.org.

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.

Fellows will be announced late January 2018, with the program slated to begin early February 2018.

Where Are They Now? 

Learn about past Fellows and what they have been up to since their time at Orpheus.

Ian Tyson, clarinet

Ian is a New York City based clarinetist. He has performed with orchestras, chamber groups, and given solo recitals in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall. He was previously a clarinetist with the United States Air Force bands, performing with the concert band, woodwind quintet, clarinet quartet and Dixie band. A champion of new music, Ian recently commissioned the piece Crystal Cathedral from composer Leanna Primiani. Also a dedicated pedagogue, Ian teaches clarinet at New York Conservatory of Music and Arts and also maintains a substantial private studio. He has performed and given master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa. As a teaching artist with Daraja Music Initiative, he works in Tanzania teaching students to play the clarinet and helping to conserve the African Blackwood tree. Ian received a DMA from Stony Brook University, MM from Michigan State University, and BM from Miami University (OH). His principal teachers include Alan Kay, Anthony McGill, Frank Ell, and Michele Gingras.


Khari Joyner, cello

Quickly emerging as one of the leading cellists of his generation, Khari has a following both nationally and abroad as a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and ambassador for the arts. He has performed with the Atlanta, Buffalo, New World, New Jersey, and Sphinx Symphonies, and has collaborated with artists ranging from Magnus Lindberg, Barbara Hannigan, and Hubert Laws. Some of his most recent accomplishments include his being awarded a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for the Performing and Visual Arts, the William Schuman Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music at Juilliard’s 109th Commencement ceremony, winning first prizes in the Juilliard Concerto Competition and 12th Annual Sphinx Competition, and giving a private performance in the Oval Office for President Obama. He is currently completing his candidacy as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow of Juilliard’s prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program. In addition to concertizing, Joyner serves as Teaching Assistant to his former teacher Joel Krosnick, and also pursued a mathematics concentration in an exchange program with Columbia University, while studying in Juilliard’s Accelerated BM/MM program.

Celia Hatton, viola

Immediately following her Fellowship, Hatton toured with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra throughout Japan and performed at their 2016 Annual Gala event. She begins her 2016-17 season with performances in Richmond with Orpheus member, James Wilson, for the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia. She then begins a six week national tour with conductorless chamber orchestra Sphinx Virtuosi. As an Honorary Ambassador to the city of Chuncheon, she will return to South Korea for the fourth time, performing chamber music for the New York in Chuncheon festival. Hatton will then serve as Assistant Principal in the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic. In addition to performing, Hatton and cellist Natasha Brofsky manage Music for Food, a charity chamber music concert series that donates 100% of ticket sale proceeds to Broadway Community, a program that provides meals, showers, and shelter for those in need in New York City.

Alexander Davis, bassoon

Just before finishing the Orchestral Program at Manhattan School of Music and the Orpheus Fellowship in May, Alexander was chosen to be the new fellow with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Beginning Fall of 2016, Alexander performed with the Detroit Symphony under the direction of Leonard Slatkin and Bob Williams through their African American Orchestral Fellowship Program.