Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship

‘‘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 and 2006 Fellow

We have recently made the difficult decision to postpone the Fellowship program’s public concerts until the end of August, as it is important to us that everyone stays safe and well. 

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About the Program

The Sydney Symphony Fellowship program has been designed to give young pre-professional musicians the best springboard to a career in music. 

Working alongside our musicians, Sydney Symphony Fellows perform in our mainstage concerts, receive coaching from Orchestra members and guest artists. Fellows bring their newly enhanced playing skills and experience to the concert hall stage, performing as part of the Orchestra across our mainstage series and as members of chamber music ensembles. 

Fellows also join the Orchestra for performances in regional centres as well as our community, education, and community programs. 

How to Apply

Details about the next intake and audition process will be made available in 2021. 

Check your Eligibility

You must be: 

  • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen 
  • 29 years old or less on the 31st December of the year prior to the Fellowship    
  • Available for the complete 12-month schedule of performance activity
  • Have completed your High School studies 
  • Reside in Sydney on a full-time basis 
  • Have no other competing professional and performance commitments 
  • Demonstrate extensive performance experience 
  • Be prepared to suspend any courses or planned study during the period of your Fellowship 


We typically recruit for the following instruments: 

  • Violin 
  • Viola 
  • Cello 
  • Double Bass  
  • Flute & Piccolo 
  • Oboe 
  • Clarinet 
  • Bassoon 
  • Horn 
  • Trumpet 
  • Tenor Trombone 
  • Timpani & Percussion 

The Program

A proposed program of activity will be available when applications next open.  

The Sydney Symphony’s 2020/21 Fellowship program includes: 

  • A bursary of $33,644 which covers performance calls across mainstage and chamber music performances as well as a stipend. 
  • Participation in chamber music performances 
  • A 12-month program of professional training and performance activities including mentoring by members of the Sydney Symphony and masterclasses with our guest artists and soloists 
  • Professional development in the areas of audition, rehearsal and performance preparation, stagecraft, career management as well as providing informed approaches to long-term health and wellbeing 

For more information, please email:

2020/21 Fellowship Patrons

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is grateful for the support of our Fellowship patrons who make this program possible. 

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


Meet the Fellows

Meet the 2020/21 Fellows

Meet the 10 extraordinary young musicians who are our 2020/21 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows. 

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SSO Fellowship Applications

Applying for the Fellowship program

Our next intake will be for the 2022 season. Details of the application process and proposed program will be announced in 2021. 



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

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.

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