SSO Fellowship Applications

Applications for 2019 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship are now open!
The Fellowship is a year-long program which immerses its participants in the day-to-day workings of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. 

The SSO 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, Percussion + Timpani, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.

To be eligible to apply you need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, have finished high school, and be aged 29 years or younger as at 31 December 2018.

‘‘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

How to Apply

Fellowship auditions are in two rounds. The first round is audition by video – YouTube, Vimeo or similar. Successful candidates will be 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 in the RH column.

To apply for 2019 Fellowship follow the steps below. Applications close at midnight on Monday 16 April 2018.

Step 1: Application Form

Click on the link below to complete the online application form. You will need the following documents ready to complete the form:

  • A single A4-page Resume in PDF format. Include relevant qualifications, institute attended and date completed (e.g. BMUS Sydney Con 2016). And a list of relevant orchestral, ensemble and solo experience (with dates where possible). Include professional orchestral work, state youth orchestras, AYO, university orchestras, community orchestras, other ensembles and employment.
  • The contact details of one professional referee (such as your instrumental teacher).


Step 2: First Round Audition Video
  • Click on your instrument from the list below. The downloadable PDF contains the set repertoire (if applicable), excerpt list and recording guidelines.
  • Email your audition video URL links + recording declaration form to by midnight, Monday 16 April 2018.

For questions and enquiries please email

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Key Dates

Mon 16 Apr: First Round Video audition applications close at midnight
Mon 7 May: First Round results communicated to all candidates

Second Round: Live Auditions in Sydney

Tue 29 May: Flute + Piccolo
Wed 30 May: Violin
Thu 31 May: Oboe
Fri 1 Jun: Trumpet & Double Bass
Sat 2 Jun: Horn & Tenor Trombone
Mon 4 Jun: Cello & Viola
Tue 5 Jun: Clarinet
Thu 7 Jun: Bassoon
Fri 8 Jun: Percussion + Timpani