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Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship

Roger Benedict, Artistic Director

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship is recognised as one of the world's leading orchestral training programs.

The Fellowship is a one-year program which immerses its participants in the day-to-day workings of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Under the guidance of SSO Principal Viola and Fellowship Artistic Director Roger Benedict, the Fellows are provided with the training and experience they need to secure full-time positions in professional orchestras.

The Facts

  • Open to Flute + Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Percussion + Timpani, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • One year apprenticeship with the SSO
  • $33,644 scholarship
  • A minimum of 40 calls on mainstage with the SSO
  • Participation in SSO touring programs, education and outreach activities
  • Masterclasses with SSO guest soloists
  • Perform chamber music concerts in Sydney and regional NSW
  • A comprehensive program of professional training including lessons with SSO musicians, excerpt preparation, stage craft, external relationship management, and access to the SSO Health and Wellbeing program.


The Scholarship

Participants in the Fellowship program receive a scholarship of $33,644. Included in this scholarship is payment for 40 calls on mainstage with the SSO as a casual musician, payment for calls performing in education and family concerts, SSO's Regional Tour, chamber concerts, outreach activities and a stipend payment. Any additional calls with the SSO on mainstage are paid at the current casual rate.


‘‘The experience I got playing in the SSO [as a Fellow] with such world-class colleagues was incredibly inspiring and the opportunity to play so much chamber music throughout the year was an amazing privilege.’’

Alex norton, SSO first violin, Fellowship 2006

Meet the Fellows

Meet the Fellows

Meet the thirteen gifted young musicians chosen from 200 applicants nationwide that have joined the SSO this year as the 2018 Fellows.

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Fellowship Applications

Fellows' Concert Series

Come and hear the SSO Fellows in concert in central and outer-metropolitan Sydney.


SSO Fellowship Applications


Audition Applications for 2019 Fellowship have closed. Applications for 2020 Fellowship will open in early March 2019. Jump-start your orchestral career and become an SSO Fellow! 


My year as an SSO Fellow

My year as an SSO Fellow

Bridget O'Donnell talks about her year and experiences as an SSO Fellow in this short video.


Read a message from Roger Benedict

"The SSO Fellowship Program aims to produce adventurous, inspiring and highly adaptable musicians who can imagine something beyond themselves and help create a strong and vibrant future for music."

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Fellowship Alumni

Fellowship alumni have won positions in some of the finest orchestras in Europe, Asia, and Australia, including eleven past Fellows who now hold permanent positions with the SSO.

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The SSO Fellowship is generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, the Bennelong Arts Foundation, and individual donors.