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 each calendar year.

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
  • 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 will open again soon. Please check back for updated details.

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