Fellowship 2020 Applications

Applications Open Now


  • The Fellowship program is a year-long commitment and successful candidates will need to be resident in Sydney during 2020.
  • If you are intending to study in 2020 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;
  • Must have extensive performance experience.

Applications close 11.59pm, Wednesday 1 May 2019. Results will be sent to applicants via email on Monday 20 May 2019.


How to Apply

First Round: Application Form + Audition Video

1. Complete the online application form by 11.59pm, Wednesday 1 May 2019.

Before you start, make sure you have:

  • A current 1-page resume in PDF format. Include your name and instrument, but not your personal contact details. List relevant qualifications (institute/s attended and date/s completed), and include a list of orchestral, ensemble and solo experience (with dates where possible).
  • The contact details of one professional referee (such as your instrumental teacher).


2. Submit your audition video and recording declaration form.

  • Download the first round audition video requirements for your instrument from the list. This contains the set repertoire (if applicable), excerpt list and recording guidelines.
  • Email your audition video URL and recording declaration form to auditions@sydneysymphony.com by 11.59pm, Wednesday 1 May 2019.


First Round Audition Video Requirements

Second Round: Live Auditions in Sydney

Successful candidates will be contacted via email by 20 May 2019 and invited to the following live audition dates in Sydney:

  • Monday 3 June: Viola & Flute + Piccolo
  • Tuesday 4 June: Violin
  • Friday 7 June: Bassoon
  • Friday 14 June: Timpani + Percussion
  • Saturday 15 June: Double Bass & Horn
  • Monday 17 June: Cello & Oboe
  • 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