Fellowship Applications

Applications for the 2021 Fellowship will open in early March 2020.


  • 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 2020 for the 2021 Fellowship;
  • Must have extensive performance experience.

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. Second Round auditions will be held between 18-30 May. Audition dates will be posted when applications open in early March 2020.

First round set works and excerpt lists will be posted on this page when applications open. Second round lists will be posted when first round results are announced.

For questions and enquiries please email auditions@sydneysymphony.com.


‘‘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