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 Sydney Symphony 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.
Participants in the Fellowship program receive a bursary of $33,644. Included in this bursary is payment for 40 calls on mainstage with the Sydney Symphony as a casual musician, payment for calls performing in education and family concerts, the Sydney Symphony's Regional Tour, chamber concerts, outreach activities and a stipend payment. Any additional calls with the Orchestra on mainstage are paid at the current casual rate.
‘‘The experience I got playing in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra [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, Sydney Symphony first violin, Fellowship 2006
Meet the twelve gifted young musicians chosen from 200 applicants nationwide that have joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra this year as the 2019 Fellows.
Come and hear the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows in concert in central and outer-metropolitan Sydney.
Applications for the 2020 Fellowship program are now closed. Applications for the 2021 Fellowship program will open in early March 2020.
Bridget O'Donnell talks about her year and experiences as a Sydney Symphony Fellow in this short video.
"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."
Fellowship alumni have won positions in some of the finest orchestras in Europe, Asia, and Australia, including twelve past Fellows who now hold permanent positions with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship is generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, and individual donors.