Virginia Symphony adds fellowship program for Black string musicians, in partnership with Old Dominion University

Posted on: February 8, 2022

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has announced a new Musician Fellowship Program for four early-career African American orchestral string musicians, with the first Fellows set to begin working with the orchestra in fall 2022. Fellows will perform in more than 100 VSO rehearsals and performances throughout eastern Virginia and engage in public school residencies and educational performances. Professional development opportunities will be provided, and Fellows will receive nine university-level course credits from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, according to each Fellow’s degree level: undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate. For post-graduate Fellows, the credits will culminate in a Graduate Certificate in Music Performance. The program is open to violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists who self-identify as Black. Application materials are due March 21, 2022 at fellowship@virginiasymphony.org, and live auditions will be held at Old Dominion University April 4 and 5, 2022. Additional details are available at www.virginiasymphony.org/fellowship. The initiative follows a 2019 collaborative agreement expanding the existing relationship between the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Old Dominion University.