2024 Violin Fellowship Search

The Montgomery Symphony Association announces the 2024 Violin Fellowship Search. The MSO Fellowship program is a 2-year residency program in Montgomery, Alabama. This program is designed to support and enrich early career symphonic musicians, providing opportunities in orchestral, solo, and chamber music performance. Fellows also maintain a visible presence in the Montgomery community and actively participate in education and community engagement initiatives and performances. This is a nine-month residency beginning in August and ending at the end of May each season.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024, 11:59pm CST

Contact: montgomerysymphony@gmail.com

Jihye Choi, violin fellow 2021-2024 by Jennifer's Photobox
Position Details

Title: Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Violin Fellow/Concertmaster

Compensation: $35,000 stipend per nine-month season.

Duration: 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 seasons

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as Concertmaster for the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. The MSO currently performs four classical concerts, three pops concerts, and one education concert per season.
  • Perform a concerto as soloist with the MSO on one classical concert per season.
  • As a Recitalist, perform three scheduled solo/chamber music recitals each season in Montgomery. The MSO provides funding to hire a collaborative pianist for each fellow recital.
  • Participate in education and outreach initiatives of the MSO, including occasional work with the Montgomery Music Project and Montgomery Youth Orchestra and performing community concerts in the Montgomery area.
Candidate Profile
  • Candidates for the Violin Fellowship should have completed their formal musical education and be at the beginning of their professional performing careers. Candidates may be enrolled in a degree program where the residency requirement is complete (i.e. DMA candidate who is ABD).
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application and during the period of the residency (the MSO does not sponsor visas at this time).
Application Process:

I. Preliminary Round

Submit a one page resume, contact information for 3 professional references, and a link to audition recording (unlisted YouTube link with no password requirement preferred). These items should be combined into one pdf document, clearly labeled with the applicant’s name (i.e. “First name_Last name_MSO Fellow Search). Submit via email to montgomerysymphony@gmail.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Recording Requirements: An unedited video recording of the applicant performing the following repertoire in a single take. Please use one single camera angle with the applicant clearly visible for the duration of the recording.

Repertoire:

  • Exposition of a standard concerto movement (unaccompanied) 
  • The following orchestral excerpts:
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 4, mvt. 4, m.33 to D
    • Schumann: Symphony No. 2, Scherzo, beginning to ms. 54 (no repeat)
    • Strauss: Don Juan, beginning to 4 before D

II. Final Round

A limited number of finalists will be invited to perform a live round in Montgomery, AL on April 19-20, 2024. Finalists will perform in a recital format for the search committee and a public audience. Interviews with the committee will also be scheduled during the visit. Travel expenses for the final round including round trip airfare and accommodations will be paid by the Montgomery Symphony Association. A collaborative pianist will also be provided. Repertoire requirements will be commented to finalists with their invitation to the final round.

About:

In 1989, the Montgomery Symphony Association’s Board of Directors established a program to promote the concert careers of promising early-career musicians through its Fellowship program. The program began with a Violin Fellowship and expanded to include a Cello Fellowship in 1996. For a list of former Fellows, click here.

The MSO Fellows are encouraged to perform solo engagements, enter competitions, and accept significant outside performance opportunities that may further their career during the Fellowship period. The Association Board requires, however, that the Fellow establish a residence in Montgomery, Alabama, and that any absences from Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (MSO) performances or rehearsals be approved in advance by the Music Director. The Fellow’s engagement is subject to renewal each season.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

The Montgomery Symphony Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is strongly committed to cultivating an environment which promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and in its community of musicians.