2019-20 Season

Aimed to diversify the orchestral field, the Orpheus Performance Fellowship offers emerging musicians the opportunity to participate in the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall series and related tours. By taking part in rehearsals and performances, fellow will gain in-depth experience with the Orpheus Process®, the orchestra’s unique method for rehearsing and performing without a conductor. Performance opportunities are based upon Orpheus’ roster vacancies. Applications for the 2019-20 Season are open for the following instrument: violin (1).

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.

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.

Application requirements

  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Video link of two contrasting solo works
  • Video essay on the following prompt: What do you envision for your professional career? How can the experience of playing with Orpheus help achieve your goals?

Application instructions

To apply, please fill out the application form and return with your resume and video links to education@orpheusnyc.org.


Friday, August 9, 2019

Fellows will be announced August 23, with the program slated to begin in late September 2019.

Questions may be directed to education@orpheusnyc.org

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