Calling all brass players and percussionists – the SSO wants YOU!

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has announced some changes to its Fellowship program. As of 2015, the orchestra’s training scheme will offer places for up to 17 young musicians – effectively nearly doubling the number of positions available in previous years. More importantly, the Fellowship, which has been running now for 13 years, will be expanded to include both brass players and percussionists.

“The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is proud to be leading the way in providing professional opportunities for Australia’s up-and-coming young classical musicians,” said SSO Managing Director Rory Jeffes. “We are delighted that the generous ongoing support of our Premier Partner Credit Suisse and new funding from The Ian Potter Foundation has allowed us to expand this important program so significantly.” 
 
Regarded as one of the world’s leading musician training programs, more than 65 per cent of the Fellowship’s previous alumni occupy positions in professional orchestras around the world. Eight of these positions are within the Sydney Symphony Orchestra itself.
 
“We believe that the emerging professional musicians who come into our program deserve the very best chance to succeed and we are committed to making this success a reality,” explains SSO Principal Viola and Fellowship Artistic Director Roger Benedict. “With this bold expansion we are showing our unerring dedication to artist development and believe that the program will continue to grow from strength to strength in the future.”

Applications are now open for the SSO Fellowship 2015.