“Symphony orchestras nationwide have struggled to include musicians from more diverse backgrounds,” writes Scott Cantrell in Thursday’s (4/20) Dallas Morning News (login may be required). “To that end, the Dallas Symphony is inaugurating a Diversity Fellowship Program, providing performance, education and mentorship for up to three pre-professional musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Fellows each season will be paid for a total of 25 weeks of orchestral performances, mock auditions, masterclasses, private lessons, teaching and chamber music. Each fellow will have a personal mentor for audition preparation and career coaching. Fellowships, awarded on the basis of resumes and live auditions, will be for one year, with optional renewal. The first fellows will start in the DSO’s 2023-24 season…. The new fellowships join two related DSO initiatives addressed to earlier ages. The Young Strings program, founded in 1992 by the late DSO bassist Dwight Shambley, provides free lessons, instruments and opportunities for young students from underrepresented communities. In 2019 the orchestra added the Kim Noltemy Young Musicians program, not restricted to strings, for first to eighth grade students.” Information and application materials are available at dallassymphony.org/fellowship.