Fellowship Applications

Applications for the 2021 Fellowship are now open!


  • 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.

Applications for 2021 Fellowship close Tuesday 21 April 2020. Results will be sent to applicants via email on Monday 4 May 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.

First Round: Application Form + Audition Video

Due to the current situation leading to venue closures and social distancing measures being put in place, we understand that it may be difficult for you to find a recording venue with a piano or an accompanist to play with. The panel will accept round 1 video auditions unaccompanied if you are unable to find a suitable venue with a piano or an accompanist to record your audition. The panel will also take into consideration the limitations due to lack of access to usual venues and technical equipment for your recording.

The audition process for Round 2 will be reassessed closer to the time and successful applicants will be advised, dependent on restrictions at that time.


1. Complete the online application form by 11.59pm, Tuesday 21 April 2020.

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 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, Tuesday 21 April 2020.


First Round Audition Video Requirements. Click on your instument to download the excerpts:

Successful candidates will be contacted via email by Monday 4 May 2020 and invited to the following live audition dates in Sydney.

  • Mon 18 May, from 10am: Flute + Piccolo, Double Bass & Cello
  • Tue 19 May, from 5pm: Clarinet
  • Fri 22 May, from 9.30am: Violin + Viola
  • Mon 25 May, from 5pm: Timpani + Percussion
  • Fri 29 May, from 10am: Oboe & Bassoon
  • Sat 30 May, from 10am: Trombone, Horn & Trumpet

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