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BSO Resident Fellowship Program

The Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine BSO Resident Fellowship is an employment-based fellowship that provides an unparalleled opportunity for up to two early-career symphonic musicians from underrepresented or minoritized communities, whose populations have historically faced significant barriers when it comes to accessing the classical music world. This paid fellowship focuses on career development and immersive orchestra mentorship through a one-year appointment as a musician in the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Program Overview

  • Performance with the orchestra during 20 weeks of the 2024–2025 Symphony, Pops, and Tanglewood seasons.

  • Participate in chamber music.

  • Tour with the BSO, if applicable.

  • Compensation and other benefits include:

    • Weekly Salary.

    • Fellowship stipend to cover additional living/housing expenses.

    • Stipend for audition travel.

    • Life, health, dental, and disability coverage.

    • Stipend for private lessons.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Early-career symphony musicians from backgrounds that have historically been underrepresented in symphonic orchestras.

  • Must be eligible for employment in the United States.

  • Instrumental area: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass.

Application Requirements

The deadline to submit applications is March 18, 2024.

No longer accepting applications

Live Auditions

Candidates whose applications are selected will be invited to attend the live audition at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA on April 22, 2024. Audition travel and lodging accommodations will be arranged by the BSO for invited candidates.

2022-23 BSO Resident Fellows

"By creating more opportunities for musicians whose backgrounds reflect the beautiful diversity of our city and country and valuing their contributions to our world of classical music, we enrich the lives of everyone associated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.”

Andris Nelsons

BSO Fellow Andres Vela performing with the BSO
BSO Fellow Andres Vela, bass, performing with the BSO

The deadline to submit applications is March 18, 2024.

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The BSO is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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