Happy new year! Here are a few auditions and opportunities coming up that caught my eye. If they’re not for you, maybe there’s someone that you can pass them along to.
Minnesota Orchestra Fellowships
The Minnesota Orchestra’s Rosemary and David Good Fellowship is a two-year program intended to enhance opportunities for African American, Latino American and Native American professional orchestral musicians early in their careers and to encourage greater diversity in the orchestral field. Fellowship includes performance opportunities with the Minnesota Orchestra. Auditions will be held for violin, viola, cello, flute, horn, trombone and bass trombone.
Application with recording due January 26.
Notification of applicants by February 12.
Live auditions and interviews will be held March 12 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, now celebrating its 37th season of gay men building community through music, is seeking its new Artistic Director. The new Artistic Director will take the reins August 1, 2018 for the start of our 38th season.
Application deadline January 31, 2018, master's degree in music required
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (Volunteer)
Next auditions January 11
(next open rehearsal January 9 (required)
McKnight Fellowships for Performing Artists
Open to any performing musician in any genre. The McKnight Fellowships for Musicians annually awards four $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota musicians. The awards are unrestricted and are intended to reward performing musicians with a distinctive musical voice who have had a significant performing career over a period of time and are at a career stage.
Application: Apply online
Deadline: January, 29th, 2018
Final Auditions: Friday, May 4th, 2018
Thursday Musical Performing Artists (Volunteer)
At the heart of Thursday Musical’s membership community are the performing members who found the organization to offer classical performance, educational, and teaching opportunities for musicians, music educators and students. Throughout history and time, Thursday Musical has served hundreds of artists who have performed in concert venues all over the Twin Cities and has supported thousands of developing musicians in scholarship and school programs.
Application Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018 (11:59 pm)
Auditions: Saturday, April 7, 2018 (between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon)
Veteran’s Creative Arts Competition (Volunteer)
Veterans who are enrolled in the VA Health Care System are invited to participate in the 2018 Veterans Creative Arts Competition. This is an opportunity to gain recognition for your creative accomplishments in music, art, theater, creative writing and drama. All first place entries will be submitted to the national level of the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. National first place winner s may be invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival which will be very close this year! Des Moines, IA from October 29, 2017 – November 5, 2018.
Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018.
The Performing Arts divisions must be 3 minutes or less in length and will be filmed at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center from January 8-19, 2018. Please call Kathryn Larson, Creative Arts therapist, 612-467-3622 for submission guidelines and to schedule a filming session.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Fellowships (excludes flutists this year)
The LA Phil Resident Fellowship is an excellence-based training program for superb early-career symphonic musicians representing or serving historically underrepresented populations. Its goal is to prepare these musicians to compete for, and win, positions in major professional orchestras. Limited to Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, or Percussion.
Application Deadline: January 29, 2018 11:59pm PDT
March 1: Audition invitations and declinations
April 16-22: Live auditions Los Angeles
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