Project Inclusion Fellows



The Grant Park Music Festival seeks four highly qualified singers for its Project Inclusion program for June 2022.

Project Inclusion fellows perform with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus in Chicago's Millennium Park for upwards of 10,000 people. Participants take part in master Soprano and Project Inclusion alum Shaina Martinez sings the Jewel Song from Gounod's Faust at the Festival's annual Awards Benefitclasses with world-renowned artists, including mezzo-soprano Susan Platts. During their residency, fellows also perform a joint recital on a high-profile concert series and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with conductors Carlos Kalmar and Christopher Bell.

What to Expect
  • Fellowship stipend of $4500
  • Rehearse and perform with the Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus
  • Work with artistic director Carlos Kalmar, chorus director Christopher Bell, world-renowned guest artists and members of the acclaimed Grant Park Chorus
  • Improve networking skills and learn insider tips through 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
  • Work on public speaking and learn to present music to all ages as you train and serve as a teaching artist for the Festival's Community Engagement programs
  • Perform a joint recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, which features young artists at the beginning of their career. Veterans of the series include opera superstar Nadine Sierra.
Who Should Apply


  • The Grant Park Music Festival seeks one each: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass
  • Applicants must be 18-29 years of age at the time of application.
  • Open to artists from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the field of classical voice, specifically Asian, Black, Native American, or Latinx artists.
  • Fellows must commit to the entire duration of the program (June 1 - July 2, 2022). Project Inclusion Fellows will also return to perform at our GPMF Advocate for the Arts Awards on October 27, 2022 (flight/hotel covered).
  • Candidate must be legally eligible to work in the United States and provide current visa. 
  • Candidate must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
  • Must have a sincere interest in pursuing music as a career.
How to Apply

Please take a moment to carefully review the audition repertoire requirements below and the application instructions before beginning your application. Note: Candidates may audition with piano accompaniment, but it is not a requirement.

Submit videos with the following:

1. Contrasting solos from two of the following: oratorio, art song, or opera aria (max. four minutes each)
2. Excerpts - candidates should fully prepare and submit a video of the following choral excerpt(s):

Haydn, The Creation, Chorus "Awake the Harp"; mm. 11 - the end; quarter note=110 Download Haydn excerpt

Lauridsen, "Lux aeterna," movement 2, bars 1-12; half note=60; to be sung in straight-tone Download Lauridsen excerpt

Application and audition materials for all voices are due no later than 11:59PM Central Time on Friday, February 1, 2022. In an effort to keep the Project Inclusion Fellowship free and accessible to all, Grant Park Music Festival has subsidized the application fee for all applicants this year.

We look forward to receiving your audition materialsApplicants who are selected as finalists will be notified within one week after the video audition deadline and will be required to audition live at Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago on the date specified above. Candidates traveling more than 50 miles may qualify to receive a travel stipend of up to a maximum of $250 USD, depending on the distance traveled and order of application submission.



Join us for the 2022 Season. Audition applications are now being accepted for the Project Inclusion vocal fellowship (June 1-July 2, 2022).

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I was singing alongside musicians from all over the country and was thrown into fast-paced environments that sharpened my ensemble skills to a totally different degree. I got to study and coach with reputable teachers, collaborators and conductors with whom I am still in touch.

—Vidita Kanniks, 2019 vocal fellow