Community and Education

Fellowships with Mentoring and Performing

Short-term Memberships for Promising Young Musicians

A student fellowship is a short-term membership in the orchestra designed to give emerging new talent the opportunity to play with a high-level orchestra and gain rare orchestral experience. Student fellows also have the opportunity to work with a professional artistic and administrative team and perform with the orchestra in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre with a professional production team. The student fellowship length is usually for one concert cycle (6-8 weeks).

Mentorship and Performance Opportunities

In the student fellowship program, Orchestra Toronto provides a professional mentor from within the orchestra for each student. Student Fellows have their membership fees waived and are recognized in our concert programs. There is also be an opportunity for student fellows to take part in some of the small ensembles that form for OT outreach activities, giving them an opportunity to gain experience in chamber music as well as large orchestral works.


The current requirements for student fellows are;

  • That they be able to play at a minimum Grade 8 RCM level (or equivalent)
  • That they must have proven ability to comport themselves appropriately in an orchestra
  • That they must agree to attend a full concert cycle and all the required rehearsals
  • That they be committed to improving their level of musicality

In 2020-21, Orchestra Toronto is pleased to offer 15 student fellowships to aspiring, technically proficient musicians who play violin, viola, or percussion, as well as a brand new Apprentice Concertmaster’s chair to young violinists wishing to learn the concertmaster’s craft. If a student plays another instrument, they should get in touch with us, as we may be able to create an opening for them.

To Apply

Interested candidates should e-mail the Personnel Manager with the following information:

  • Your instrument
  • Your teacher’s name
  • Your level (Suzuki level or RCM grade)
  • Your choice of which concert cycle you wish to join

If you can include link to a video of you playing, so much the better.

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