The inaugural musicians in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/CCM Diversity Fellowship reflect on their first year in the program in a feature story published in the fall 2017 issue of Symphony, the quarterly magazine of the League of American Orchestras.
“This program is truly devoted to helping us get symphony jobs,” says fellow Maurice Todd. “They have given five people of color a chance to experience a professional orchestral setting where every member is approachable and willing to help.”
“Constant practice makes you improve, but being able to perform in a professional setting where you can have direct feedback from your stand partner and mentor really helps you refine your orchestral skills,” says fellow Diana Flores, reflecting on her first year in the program.
Now in its second year, the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program is funded with a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It provides an unparalleled learning experience for violin, viola, violoncello and double bass players coming from populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music. Fellows perform the equivalent of five weeks per season with the CSO while enrolled in a two-year Master of Music (MM) or Artist Diploma (AD) degree program at CCM.
There are currently two classes of fellows in the program and applications are open to join the fall 2018 class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows.
Each Fellow receives full tuition scholarship support from CCM, in addition to a $10,000 per year graduate stipend and a one-time Graduate School Dean’s Excellence Award of $3,000. Each Fellow also receives compensation of $8,000 per season while performing with the CSO.
Learn more about the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship online at ccm.uc.edu/chance2perform.html.
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