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University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) are now accepting applications for the 2021-23 Class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows. Applications and pre-screen materials are due December 1 online.

The Diversity Fellowship is awarded to 5 graduate level students of violin, viola, cello, and double bass from “populations that are historically underrepresented in classical music.” The award includes a full tuition scholarship to complete a two-year Master of Music or Artist Diploma at CCM, and a performance commitment of five weeks per season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

In addition, each fellow receives compensation of $8,000 per season while performing with the CSO, and is paired with CSO coach/mentors throughout the entire two-year fellowship. Fellows will also have access to orchestral audition and professional development travel stipends, and will receive a $10,000 per year graduate stipend and a one-time Graduate School Dean’s Excellence Award of $3,000.

In partnership with Chautauqua Institution of New York, an additional 8-week summer performance residency will take place with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Chautauqua Diversity Fellows will be provided housing and receive a stipend to offset their expenses.

Read more about the 2020-22 class of fellows here

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