Chicago Sinfonietta expands fellowship to include emerging conductors

Posted on: April 11, 2014

The Chicago Sinfonietta is expanding its Project Inclusion program with a conducting fellowship aimed at fostering development of emerging conductors from diverse backgrounds. The deadline for applications to the program is April 30; conductors chosen for the program will be expected to start their duties in the fall or early winter of 2014 and will receive lodging and travel assistance. Conducting fellows will work with Music Director Mei-Ann Chen over a one- to two-year period and will conduct other Chicago ensembles as well. Also planned are seminars with Chicago musical leaders, training in board development, financial statement analysis, marketing classical music to audiences, and working with union orchestras under a collective bargaining agreement. Project Inclusion—the Chicago Sinfonietta’s mentoring program for musicians of diverse backgrounds who are pursuing careers as professional classical musicians—provides musicians two-year paid fellowships with the Sinfonietta that include performances, one-on-one mentoring from orchestra musicians, and assistance in securing work after the fellowship is completed. More information on the conducting fellowship is available here. Project Inclusion is supported in part by a League of American Orchestras 2013-14 Getty Education and Community Investment Grant.

Posted April 11, 2014

Pictured: Mei-Ann Chen conducting the Chicago Sinfonietta. Photo by Ken Carl