2020 Cello Fellowship Search

The Montgomery Symphony Association is closely monitoring the recent outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) as well as the proactive approaches taken by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Alabama and the City of Montgomery to aggressively address the spread of the virus. As a result of these measures, the date for the 2020 Cello Fellowship Search live performances is being postponed. We will be extending the deadline accordingly.

The Montgomery Symphony Association announces the 2020 Cello Fellowship Search. The MSO Cello Fellowship program is a 2-year residential program in Montgomery, Alabama designed to support and enrich early career symphonic musicians.

MSO Cello Fellowship 2020-2022, with second season upon agreement between the MSO and the Fellow.
$35,000 stipend per nine-month season.
Submission Deadline has been extended to April 13, 2020.

Fellowship Duties
How to Apply

Ryan Donohue, 2018-2020 MSO Cello Fellow

In 1989, the Montgomery Symphony Association’s Board of Directors established a program to promote the concert careers of promising young violinists through its Violin Fellowship program. Based on the overwhelming success of the Violin Fellowship, the Symphony expanded the program in 1996 to include a Cello Fellowship. For a list of former Fellows, click here.

The MSO Cello Fellow is encouraged to perform solo engagements, enter competitions, and accept significant outside performance opportunities that may further his or her 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.

  • Candidates for the 2020-2022 Cello Fellowship should have completed their formal musical education and be at the beginning of their professional performing careers.
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application and during the period of the residency (the MSO will not sponsor visas for fellows).

Fellowship Duties:
As a Guest Artist: Perform a concerto with the MSO on the October 2020 classical subscription concert.
As a Recitalist: Perform three scheduled solo recitals each season in Montgomery. A modest artist fee is provided for pianists.
As an Orchestral Cellist: Serve as the MSO Principal Cellist at weekly rehearsals and at the 7-scheduled classical and pops concerts each season of the MSO from September 2020 to May 2022.

Stipend: $35,000 per nine-month season.
Engagement: August 2020 through May 2022. While the Fellowship is intended to be a two-year engagement, the second season continuation will be upon agreement between the MSO and the Fellow. The months of June and July are free for the Fellow.

How to Apply:
Candidates must submit an audio recording (no video) of a major concerto and at least one contrasting work suitable for recital and a full resume which includes the names, addresses (mailing and email) and telephone numbers (both studio and home) of three people who will serve as references. File names must include the candidates name. Incomplete applications will not be considered for live auditions.  

Application Deadline: April 13, 2020.

Final Round: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the live round of competition is postponed. Applicants will be notified when a new date is selected to confirm availability. Because travel expenses will be paid within the United States by the Montgomery Symphony, finalists must be completely available all three days of the competition. Finalists will interview privately with the competition jury and will perform in a live final round of competition, which will be open to the public. All finalists will perform a movement of a concerto and a movement of an unaccompanied work. After the Jury deliberates, the winner will be announced from the stage.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the Montgomery Symphony Association’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited under federal, state or local law. The Association also provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).