The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has announced the new NJSO Colton Fellowship, a multiyear program designed to support musicians from underrepresented communities. The program will launch with a pilot for up to two string players in the 2019–20 season. Fellows will perform in all mainstage concerts, education programs, and chamber music performances across the state. Fellows will also participate in a series of professional development activities tailored to their individual career goals. Auditions for the pilot season will take place during the week of June 3. The NJSO is a member of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), a national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras, made up of the Sphinx Organization, New World Symphony, and the League of American Orchestras. League of American Orchestras President and CEO Jesse Rosen says: “We’re delighted that research from the League’s Forty Years of Fellowships study was a basis for the new NJSO Colton Fellowship, and we commend Xian Zhang and the entire New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for their initiatives aimed at making their organization more inclusive.” Click here for more information about the fellowship, including how to apply.

Posted April 24, 2019