The Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus


Grant Park Orchestra

Auditions for highly qualified orchestral musicians take place between January and May prior to the start of the summer season. Click HERE to learn about 2023 auditions. Please direct questions to Orchestra Personnel Manager, Linda Oper, at

Grant Park Chorus

Chorus.jpgAuditions for highly qualified singers take place in February prior to the start of the summer season. Audition registration will begin in December of each year. Please direct questions to Chorus Personnel Manager, Melissa Hilker, at

Chorus auditions in 2023 will take place between February 8 and 21. Audition registration is currently open. For more information, and to apply, please click here. 

Festival String and Vocal Fellowship

The Grant Park Music Festival’s Project String and Vocal Fellowship is a paid training opportunity for BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) singers and string players which aims to prepare young artists to win positions in professional PI Portrait.jpgensembles. Fellows rehearse and perform with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, receive mentorship from Festival artistic leadership, musicians, and guest artists, perform chamber music in communities throughout Chicago, take part in valuable professional development sessions, and participate in education and community engagement activities.

2023 FELLOWSHIP AUDITION INFORMATION can be found on our Vocal and String Fellowship pages. Applications are open now until January 27 (Vocal) and February 17 (Strings). If you have questions, please contact Hilary Mercer at

Meet Fellowship Alumni.