Orchestral Strings Fellowship


Orchestral Strings Fellowship

UNCSA and the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra are accepting applications for the 2024-26 class of fellows for the UNCSA/Winston-Salem Symphony Strings Fellowship — a prestigious new two-year, graduate-level Orchestral Fellowship program beginning in Fall 2024.

The Fellowship program will accept five outstanding string players who will receive full scholarships and stipends while enrolled in a two-year Master of Music (M.M.) program at UNCSA. Fellows will receive real-world training in arts administration and leadership under the mentorship of Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Michelle Merrill(opens in new tab)(opens in new tab), symphony musicians, and executives. They will also engage with the local community as part of the Symphony’s P.L.A.Y. (Piedmont Learning Academy for Youth) Music program(opens in new tab)(opens in new tab) for under-served youth.

Each fellow will receive scholarship support for two years equaling the cost of full tuition and fees, as well as a $5,000 per year graduate stipend.

Fellowships are available for outstanding violinists, violists, cellists, and double bass players from the U.S. and abroad with a dedicated passion for community engagement. The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2024.

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Perform and intern with a professional orchestra

Fellows will perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony on a variety of concerts, including three Classics series programs. Throughout the year they will be provided internship opportunities, focusing on different aspects of managing a professional arts institution such as concert promotion, programming, fundraising, education and community engagement.

Program eligibility

Applicants must follow the application procedure for UNCSA’s graduate admissions and meet the requirements for acceptance to the Master of Music (M.M.) degree.

Application and audition Information

Live auditions with UNCSA faculty in Winston-Salem, and interviews with Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Michelle Merrill will be held in January and February. Please see the audition repertoire information. The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2024.

  • Additional live auditions will take place in New York City on Jan. 20, 2024, and in Chicago Feb. 9, 2024.
  • For international applicants, and those not able to travel, a live, online audition may be accepted.