Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship

Roger Benedict, Artistic Director

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship is recognised as one of the world's leading orchestral training programs.

The Fellowship is a one-year program which immerses its participants in the day-to-day 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.

The Facts

  • Open to Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • One year apprenticeship with the SSO
  • $30,000 scholarship (details below)
  • A minimum of 40 calls on mainstage with the SSO
  • Participation in SSO touring programs, education and outreach activities
  • Masterclasses with SSO guest soloists
  • Perform chamber music concert programs in Sydney and regional NSW
  • A comprehensive program of professional training including lessons with SSO musicians, excerpt preparation, stage craft, external relationship management, and access to the SSO Health and Wellbeing program.

The Scholarship

Participants in the Fellowship program receive a scholarship of $30,000. Included in this scholarship is payment for 40 calls on mainstage with the SSO as a casual musician, payment for calls performing in education and family concerts, SSO's Regional Tour, chamber programs, outreach activities and a stipend payment. Any additional calls with the SSO on mainstage are paid at the current casual rate.

Meet the Fellows

Meet the Fellows

Meet the fifteen gifted young musicians chosen from 200 applicants nationwide that have joined the SSO this year as the 2017 Fellows.

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Fellowship Applications

Fellows' Concert Series

Come and hear the 2017 Fellows in concert in central and outer-metropolitan Sydney, Goulburn, and Taree.



Fellows Concert Series


Applications for Fellowship 2018 are now open! Application form and audition video due by midnight on Monday 1 May 2017. Jump-start your orchestral career and become an SSO Fellow!


My year as an SSO Fellow

My year as an SSO Fellow

Violin Fellow Bridget O'Donnell talks about her year and experiences as an SSO Fellow in this short video.

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Fellowship alumni have won positions in some of the finest orchestras in Europe, Asia, and Australia, including nine past Fellows who now hold permanent positions with the SSO.

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The SSO Fellowship is generously supported by SSO Premier Partner Credit Suisse, the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, the Bennelong Arts Foundation, and individual donors.