Project Inclusion

A partnership with the Chicago Sinfonietta to provide professional development opportunities for promising young musicians.

Summer 2017 Performances

Thursday, June 15, 7 PM
Harrison Park | 1824 S Wood St

Thursday, June 22, 7 PM
Lincoln Park Cultural Center | 2045 N Lincoln Park West
With special appearance from the Festival Apprentice Chorale

Thursday, June 29, 7 PM
Indian Boundary Park & Cultural Center | 2500 W Lunt Ave

Thursday, July 6, 7 PM
Lake Shore Park | 808 N Lake Shore Drive

Monday, July 10, 12:30 PM | KIDS CONCERT!
Hamilton Park | 513 W 72nd St

Monday, July 17, 12:30 PM | KIDS CONCERT!
Marquette Park | 6743 Kedzie Ave

Thursday, July 20, 7 PM
Mozart Park | 2036 N Avers Ave

Monday, July 24, 11 AM | KIDS CONCERT!
Maggie Daley Park | 337 E Randolph St

Thursday, July 27, 7 PM
Eckhart Park | 1330 W Chicago Ave


About Project Inclusion Fellows

Project Inclusion is a unique training opportunity for singers and string players from diverse backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the symphonic orchestral and choral world. The program aims to increase diversity among orchestra ensembles and guide young musicians toward successful professional careers in music.

Outstanding young career professionals are hand-selected by the Festival to rehearse and perform as part of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, and receive one-on-one mentoring from seasoned orchestra musicians. Project Inclusion fellows also perform at community concerts in neighborhoods around the city and take part in workshops and demonstrations for Classical Campers.

Concerts at Chicago Park District venues are part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks.

2017 Project Inclusion String Fellows

Teddy Wiggins, Violin
Robert Switala, Violin
Danielle Taylor, Viola
Denielle Wilson, Cello

2017 Project Inclusion Vocal Fellows

Tiana Sorenson, Soprano
Elena Snow, Alto
Jared Esguerra, Tenor
Dorian McCall, Bass

Audition to Become a 2018 Fellow

Applications are now closed for the 2017 season. Video auditions for our vocal and string fellowships will be accepted again in January 2018 (more information to come). View the 2017 application page.

Quotes From Past Fellows

"Playing in all the different parks all over Chicago was such a lovely way to experience the city and to feel as though our music was having a real impact on the different communities in Chicago. I think it's such a fantastic was to share what we do with places that wouldn't otherwise be exposed to classical music." —2016 Project Inclusion Fellow

"I really loved the fact that the quartet performed so many times together. I feel as though it really helped us become a tight-knit ensemble more quickly and taught us how to deal with different circumstances. It gave us each the skill of being efficient with the time we had to learn our own parts as well as a quartet." —2016 Project Inclusion Fellow

“The biggest takeaway is confidence and connections. Confidence that I am totally capable of playing in a professional orchestra and connection to a network of professional musicians who I have gotten to know and build a rapport with. This will definitely help with winning a job and getting more opportunities to play professionally in the future.” —2013 Project Inclusion Fellow