Project Inclusion Fellowship Auditions

Join us for the 2019 Grant Park Music Festival season!


The Grant Park Music Festival Fellowship Program offers an amazing opportunity to experience life as a professional musician! Come be a part of the nation’s longest running free outdoor summer classical music series. Join the Grammy Nominated Grant Park Orchestra under Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Carlos Kalmar, and the award-winning Grant Park Chorus led by Director, Christopher Bell. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, located right in the heart of Chicago’s magnificent downtown next to Lake Michigan, is the official home of the Grant Park Music Festival.

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VOCAL FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

PROGRAM DATES: May 29 – June 29, 2019
AVAILABLE: Soprano (1), Alto (1), Tenor (1), Bass (1)
FELLOWSHIP STIPEND: $4,300.00 (approximation based on rehearsal/performance schedule) VIDEO APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 1, 2019
LIVE AUDITION FOR FINALISTS: Thursday, February 21, 2019

AUDITION REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS


1. Prepare the following choral excerpt(s):

2. Additionally, candidates should prepare two contrasting solos: oratorio excerpt, art song, or opera aria.

3. Perform sight singing exercises and vocalizations to determine best range.

*applicants traveling over 50 miles may qualify for travel support


STRING FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

PROGRAM DATES: June 3 – July 27, 2019
AVAILABLE: Violin (2), Viola (1), Cello (1)
FELLOWSHIP STIPEND: $6,800.00 (approximation based on rehearsal/performance schedule) String Video Application Deadline: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019
LIVE AUDITION FOR FINALISTS: Friday, March 15, 2019

*finalists traveling over 50 miles may qualify for travel support

AUDITION REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

VIOLIN

Solo: First movement of a major concerto - exposition only

Excerpts:

  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39, 1st movement, mm. 1 - 142
  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Scherzo, mm. 17 - 99
  • Strauss: Don Juan, first page

VIOLA

Solo: First movement of a major concerto - exposition only

Excerpts:

  • Mozart: Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”, 4th movement, mm. 134 - 181
  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, beginning to letter D
  • Strauss: Don Juan, beginning to letter B

CELLO

Solo: First movement of a major concerto - exposition only

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement, mm. 1 - 10, 49 – 59, and 98 - 106
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 35, 4th movement, beginning to letter B, and mm. 134 - 181
  • Strauss: Don Juan, mm. 1 - 9 AND 7 measures before letter G to H

PROGRAM DETAILS

Accepted fellows must commit to the entire duration of the selected program:


  • Rehearse and perform six full programs with the Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus
  • Perform weekly chamber concerts as a quartet in neighborhoods throughout Chicago
  • Receive individual and quartet coachings with Festival artistic leadership and members of the Grant Park Orchestra
  • Participate in masterclasses and mock audition panels with Artistic Director Carlos Kalmar, world-renowned guest artists, and members of the Grant Park Orchestra
  • Participate in professional development sessions with industry professionals on a wide-range of topics, including audition best practices, resume and branding development, managing finances, and body wellness
  • Train and serve as a teaching artist for the Festival's Community Engagement programs

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a college, university, or conservatory music program. Applicants must be 18-29 years of age as of May 30, 2019.
  • Open to artists from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the symphonic field, including but not limited to African American, Native American, or Latinx artists.
  • Fellows must commit to the entire duration of the program (June 3 - July 27, 2019).
  • Candidate must be legally eligible to accept work with the Grant Park Must Festival at the time of application.
  • Must have a sincere interest in pursuing music as a career.

For more information on the Grant Park Music Festival and the Project Inclusion Fellowship, please visit our website: www.gpmf.org or e-mail Education & Community Engagement Manager, Hilary Mercer hilary.mercer@gpmf.org


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