Monday, December 12, 2016

PSO Seeking Applicants for Orchestra Training Program for African-American Musicians

Current EQT OTPAAM Fellow Torrell Moss, percussion. Credit: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has extended the deadlines for its two-year pre-professional program for young African American musicians, which is entering its 10th anniversary year in 2017.

Applications for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians (OTPAAM) are now due on January 20, 2017. Auditions will be held in April at Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh.

Created in 2007, the EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians aims to prepare young African American musicians for careers in a professional orchestra. Fellows’ time with the Pittsburgh Symphony will include practice time, education and community engagement opportunities, and audition training. The fellowship, awarded every two years, includes an annual stipend, as well as additional payment toward health insurance, audition expenses and professional development.

To be eligible for EQT OTPAAM, applicants must be African American musicians between the ages of 18 and 30 at the start date of the fellowship, and must also play a standard orchestral instrument (no keyboard). Applicants can find more information at

A list of repertoire and an application can be found at This year, EQT OTPAAM applicants will need to submit a prescreening CD in order to be invited to the live audition/interview round. The tape submission deadline is February 17, 2017. Recording guidelines and other information will be sent via email after application submission.

EQT OTPAAM is one of several programs showcasing the Pittsburgh Symphony’s commitment to promoting conversations about diversity in orchestra settings, recruiting leadership and advisors for diversity initiatives, and building opportunities for performance on and off the orchestral concert stage to better reflect the diverse communities and audiences that orchestras serve.

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