“The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has announced violinist Gabriela Lara as the first winner of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Fellowship,” states an unsigned article in Monday’s (7/4) Strad (U.K.). “She will assume her post when the CSO’s 2022-23 season starts…. The new fellowship program seeks musicians from traditionally under-represented groups in American symphony orchestras…. Lara will rehearse and perform with the CSO, work with conductors and receive training and mentorship from CSO musicians for up to three years. Lara will be paid to perform in at least 20 subscription weeks with the CSO, along with receiving financial support to attend auditions … [and] private lessons with a CSO musician. The program aims to prepare fellows to win auditions for US orchestra posts. Lara is a 2022 graduate with a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts…. Lara received a 2022 Project Inclusion Fellowship from the Grant Park Orchestra. Lara began her violin studies in her native Venezuela…. She served as a concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela…. Lara was a second-place winner in the 2021 Sphinx Solo Competition and won the 2021 Frank Preuss International Violin Competition.”