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 year-long 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.

2021 Fellowship Applications Now Open!

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 Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • $33,644 bursary
  • 40 calls on mainstage with the Sydney Symphony
  • Participation in Sydney Symphony education and outreach activities
  • Masterclasses with Sydney Symphony guest soloists
  • Perform chamber music concerts in Sydney and regional NSW
  • A comprehensive program of professional training including lessons with Sydney Symphony musicians, excerpt preparation, stage craft, external relationship management, and access to the Sydney Symphony Health and Wellbeing program.

The Bursary

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, 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 Fellows

Meet the 2020 Fellows

Meet the gifted young musicians selected through a national audition process to join the Sydney Symphony Orchestra this year as the 2020 Fellows.

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Fellowship Concerts

Fellows' Concert Series

In 2020 our Fellows will perform in central and outer-metropolitan Sydney as well as in Orange, Taree, Bermagui and the Four Winds Easter Festival. Details coming soon.

SSO Fellowship Applications

Applying for the Fellowship program

Applications for the 2021 Fellowship program are now open. Jump-start your orchestral career and become a Sydney Symphony Fellow!


My year as an SSO Fellow

My year as a Fellow

Bridget O'Donnell talks about her year and experiences as a Sydney Symphony Fellow in this short video.



A message from Roger Benedict

Read a message from Roger Benedict

"The 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 twelve past Fellows who now hold permanent positions with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

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The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship is generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, and individual donors.