The SSO Fellowship is a one-year immersive program for musicians in the workings of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Under the guidance of SSO Principal Viola and Fellowship Artistic Director Roger Benedict, the Fellows are provided with the training and experience they need to secure full-time positions in professional orchestras. This training includes rehearsing and performing with the orchestra, receiving coaching from touring international artists in masterclasses, and performing extensive chamber music series together. Since 2015 the program has expanded to offer up to 16 Fellowship positions. Fellowship places are open to Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Percussion, Violin (2 places), Viola (2 places), Cello (2 places) and Double Bass.
Members of the 2017 SSO Fellowship who participated in Out of the Shadows Festival in Sydney were:
Kim Falconer (flute), Joshua Oates (oboe), David McGregor (clarinet), Christopher Haycroft (bassoon), Alice Yang (horn), Jenna Smith (trumpet), Amanda Tillett (trombone), Sami Butler (percussion), Gemma Lee (violin), Bridget O'Donnell (violin), Martin Alexander (viola), Nils Hobiger (cello), Ruben Palma (cello) and Alanna Jones (bass).