Opera Australia

Patricia H. Reid Orchestral Fellowships (Expired)

Opera Australia is proud to announce the inaugural Patricia H. Reid Orchestral  Fellowships to champion the professional development of early career string  musicians.  

The Patricia H. Reid Orchestral Fellowships are 12-month annual programs designed to assist  new string musicians (first and second violins, viola and cello) in overcoming barriers faced  when seeking to enter an orchestral career. 

The fellowships offer early career string musicians the opportunity to work closely and intensely with highly experienced musicians, a bursary, and mentoring and performance  activities. 

String musicians are intrinsic to the quality of the orchestral sound within the operatic  environment. To be successful within the industry, emerging artists need to develop skills,  knowledge and repertoire along with stamina and focus to play long operatic productions. 

Opera Australia’s Concertmaster and Orchestra Director, Jun Yi Ma, is extremely passionate  about the Patricia H. Reid Orchestra Fellowships as an opportunity to encourage emerging performers.  

“These fellowships will be an invaluable opportunity for emerging players to gain valuable  experience and, for many of them, a chance to experience the challenges that are unique to  playing opera and ballet works,” says Jun Yi Ma. 

OA Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini AM, affirms this sentiment and says, “We are very  excited about this program, it’s very important for the development of operatic orchestral  players.”  

These fellowships are made available through the generosity of the Patricia H. Reid  Endowment.  

Patricia H. Reid had not only a profound love for music but was also an admirer of many orchestral groups. She had a particular regard and affection for artists and musicians who not  only strived for perfection within their own performance skills, but also took the time and  patience to mentor and foster these skills in aspiring professional musicians. 

“Mrs Reid would be extremely proud that she was able to play a part in supporting and  fostering early career musicians with the Opera Australia Orchestral Fellowships,” says Keith  Barton, Director of the Endowment. 

Applicants must be aged 18 by January 1, 2022, and Australian or New Zealand citizens or  an Australian permanent resident.  

Applications close and first round video auditions due: 5:00pm Friday 9 April 2021

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