Project Inclusion Fellowship Auditions

Join us for the 2017 Grant Park Music Festival season!

The Project Inclusion Fellowship Program is a unique paid opportunity for singers and string players from diverse backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the symphonic and symphonic choral field, including African-American and Latino, to join with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus for the 2017 Season, working with its outstanding artistic leaders, Carlos Kalmar (Music Director) and Christopher Bell (Chorus Director). Project Inclusion began as a partnership between Grant Park Music Festival and Chicago Sinfonietta that aims to increase diversity among orchestral and symphonic choral ensembles and guide young musicians toward successful professional careers in music.

*New this year!

CHORAL FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

PROGRAM DATES: May 30 – June 30, 2017
AVAILABLE: Soprano (1), Alto (1), Tenor (1), Bass (1)
FELLOWSHIP STIPEND: $3,800.00 (approximation based on rehearsal/performance schedule)
VIDEO AUDITION DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
FINAL AUDITIONS: February 20-23, 2017 in Chicago, IL (Qualified Candidates will receive a travel stipend)

AUDITION REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

1. Candidates must perform two contrasting solos: oratorio excerpt, art song, or opera aria.
2. Additionally, please sing the following prepared choral excerpt(s):

  • Handel, Messiah, “And He shall purify”; quarter note = 100 (All voices)
  • Lauridsen, O Magnum Mysterium, bars 1-18; quarter note = 72; To be sung with a straight tone (Sopranos and Altos only)

APPLICATION AND AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS

Note: We do not require prospective fellows to audition with a collaborative pianist. That being said, the goal for your video audition should be to achieve the most compelling and artistic performance possible. Most students find that performing an audition with a pianist brings them closer to that goal.

Application and video audition materials for all voices are due no later than 11:59pm Central Time on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee applies. For more information on the program, please visit app.getacceptd.com/GPMF or e-mail hilary.mercer@gpmf.org.

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STRING FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

PROGRAM DATES: June 5 – July 29, 2017
AVAILABLE: Violin (2), Viola (1), Cello (1)
FELLOWSHIP STIPEND: $6,800.00 (approximation based on rehearsal/performance schedule)
VIDEO AUDITION DEADLINE: Friday, February 17, 2017
FINAL AUDITION: Thursday March 16, 2017 in Chicago, IL (Qualified Candidates will receive a travel stipend)

PRELIMINARY AUDITION REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS


VIOLIN

Solo: First movement of a major concerto - exposition only
Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 3rd movement, mm. 99-114
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2, Scherzo, first page
  • 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
  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, letter N to letter O
  • Strauss: Don Juan, mm. 1 - 9 AND 7 measures before letter G to H

APPLICATION AND AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS

Application and audition materials for all instruments are due no later than 11:59pm Central Time on Friday, February 17, 2017. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee applies. For more information on the program, please visit app.getacceptd.com/GPMF or e-mail hilary.mercer@gpmf.org.

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PROJECT INCLUSION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Accepted fellows must commit to the entire duration of the selected program
  • Rehearse and perform all scheduled concerts with the Grant Park Orchestra, Chorus, and Apprentice Chorale
  • Individual and group coaching with Festival artistic leadership such as Chorus Director, Christopher Bell and Artistic Director Carlos Kalmar, world-renowned guest artists, and members of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus
  • Community Engagement and performance opportunities in neighborhoods throughout the city
  • Work with the Festival’s “Festival Connect” programs: Apprentice Chorale, Classical Campers, Pre-Concert Lectures, and Young Artist Showcase

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Be currently enrolled, or a recent graduate of a college-level voice or string program. Applicants must be 18-29 years of age as of May 30, 2017
  • Be from a community or group that has been traditionally underrepresented in the symphonic choral and orchestral fields, including, but not limited to: underrepresented racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic groups , such as African American or Latino
  • Express a sincere interest in pursuing music as a career

Questions or trouble with the application? E-mail Education & Community Engagement Manager, Hilary Mercer hilary.mercer@gpmf.org.