Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Invites Applications for EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians Fellowship

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2019


The EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians is a two-year pre-professional program designed to enable one young musician to dedicate himself/herself to the pursuit of an orchestral career. The Fellow will be immersed in the working environment of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and will receive support for further studies and auditions.

For further details and to apply for this Fellowship, candidates may visit:
www.pittsburghsymphony.org/auditions or

Questions may be emailed to auditions@pittsburghsymphony.org.

This program is made possible by title sponsorship support from the EQT Foundation. Pittsburgh Symphony Learning & Community Engagement programs are supported by generous grants from Lincoln Learning Solutions, The Jack Buncher Foundation, the Allegheny Regional Asset District, and the Pennsylvania Tourism Office.

Successful applicants must fit the following criteria:

  • Be of African-American descent
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 on September 2, 2019
  • Have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Be eligible for employment in the United States
  • Play a standard orchestral instrument (except keyboard and harp)

Past Fellows have gone on to successful orchestral careers:

  • 2011-2013 Fellow Ryan Murphy won a cello position with the San Antonio Symphony in 2012
  • 2013-2015 Fellow Adedeji Ogunfolu, a horn player, also won a position with the San Antonio Symphony during his first year of the fellowship
  • 2015-2017 Fellow Torrell Moss, a percussionist, was accepted as an Artist Diploma candidate at Frost School of Music at the University of Miami
  • 2017-2019 Fellow Joshua Jones won a principal percussion position with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Applications and prescreening records must be received by Monday, February 11, 2019. Interviews and live auditions will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. The Fellowship begins September 2, 2019.


Media Contacts
Julie Goetz | Director of Communications
jgoetz@pittsburghsymphony.org | 412.392.4866