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SSO Fellowship Applications

The Fellowship is a year-long program which immerses its participants in the day-to-day workings of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. 

Applications for 2020 Fellowship will open in early March 2019.

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 2019.

‘‘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. First Round set works and excerpt lists will be posted on this page for download when applications open in early March 2019. Second round lists will be posted when first round results are announced.

Applications for 2020 Fellowship will open in early March 2019. More information will be posted on this page as it comes to hand.

For questions and enquiries please email


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