Fellowship Applications

Applications for the 2020 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship are now closed. The information below is for future reference.


  • The Fellowship program is a year-long commitment and successful candidates will need to be resident in Sydney during their fellowship year.
  • If you are intending to study, you may need to defer your studies should you audition successfully.
  • Applications are taken from the following instruments: Flute + Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Timpani + Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.
  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen;
  • Must have finished high school and be no older than 29 years as at 31 December 2019 for the 2020 Fellowship;
  • Must have extensive performance experience.

Applications for the 2020 Fellowship closed on Wednesday 1 May 2019 and applicants have been notified. Applications for the 2021 Fellowship will open in early March 2020.

How to Apply

Fellowship auditions are in two rounds. The first round is audition by video – YouTube, Vimeo or similar. Successful candidates are invited through to the second round live auditions in Sydney. Should you be successful through to the second round it is expected that you'll be available to attend the Sydney audition in person on the date for your instrument listed below.

2020 Fellowship Second Round: Live Auditions in Sydney

Please note, candidates for second round auditions have been selected and notified via email.

  • Monday 3 June: Viola & Flute + Piccolo
  • Tuesday 4 June: Violin
  • Friday 7 June: Bassoon & Oboe
  • Wednesday 12 June: Timpani + Percussion
  • Saturday 15 June: Double Bass & Horn
  • Monday 17 June: Cello
  • Friday 21 June: Trumpet & Trombone
  • Saturday 22 June: Clarinet


‘‘Being a Fellow was really pivotal for my orchestral playing. It was during that year that I began to understand how to play in an orchestra, which I really believe is something you can only learn by doing it, preferably alongside excellent, experienced mentors.’’

Kate Lawson, Principal Piccolo, Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Fellowship 2008