Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
490 Riverside Drive, 11th floor
New York, NY 10027-5788

(212) 896 1700

Orpheus Music Academy

Performance Fellowship

Orpheus offers emerging artists from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in classical music the opportunity to perform in our Carnegie Hall series and related tours.

2019-20 Performance Fellow

Paul Aguilar, a Venezuelan/German violinist from SC, is currently studying at Rice University as a member of Callisto Quartet - the graduate quartet-in-residence for 2019-2021. His quartet is also studying at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia School in Madrid, Spain with Gunter Pichler. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a full-scholarship student of Jaime Laredo and Jan Sloman. He was recently selected as the only Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Performance Fellow for the 2019-2020 season.

He has won top prizes in various competitions including 1st Prize in the 2016 Milhaud Competition and 2017 Spring Concerto Competition, both at CIM. As 1st violinist of the Callisto Quartet, he won both the Gold Medal in the Senior Division and the Grand Prize of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. His quartet was also awarded 2nd Prize at both the 2019 Banff and Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions. At the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, his quartet was the only ensemble from North America chosen to compete and was awarded the 3rd Prize. He also competed in the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition where his quartet won a special career development prize.

Paul aguilar action shot


Please check back soon for application instructions for the 2020-21 Performance Fellowship.

Performing Arts Fellowship

To encourage greater racial and cultural diversity in the orchestral field, Orpheus offers emerging artists from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in classical music the opportunity to perform in our Carnegie Hall series and related tours.

By taking part in rehearsals and performances, the Orpheus Performance Fellow will gain in-depth experience in the orchestra’s unique method for rehearsing and performing without a conductor.

The Performance Fellowship is designed to provide a holistic music industry experience for pre-professional musicians or those at the start of their careers, including:

  • Mentorship by dedicated Orpheus musicians, Artistic Directors, and staff.
  • Capstone project exploring all aspects of concert production by self-presenting a recital in NYC, with funding and support from Orpheus staff.
  • Other funding for career development expenses such as audition travel, instruction, and instrument repair/supplies.

The Orpheus Performance Fellow will be paid for all orchestra services at the current rates outlined in the Orpheus CBA. Fellows will also receive a $3,500 career development stipend which can be used towards recital planning expenses, travel (if fellow is not based in New York City), and other expenses.

The Fine Print

Eligible applicants will have completed their bachelor’s degree by the start of the fellowship and be between the ages of 22-30.

Authorization to work in the US is required, and fellow must join AFM Local 802 union.

Performance opportunities are based upon Orpheus’ roster vacancies.

Previous Fellows

Gabrielle Skinner, viola
Nathaniel Taylor, cello

Marissa Olegario, bassoon
Marza Wilks, cello

Ian Tyson, clarinet
Khari Joyner, cello

Celia Hatton, viola
Alexander Davis, bassoon