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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Expands Fellowship for Black Musicians


Toward the end of December, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced a significant expansion of its preprofessional fellowship for Black musicians. Since 2007, the program has selected a new musician every two years for performance opportunities and professional development training. Now, multiple musicians will be accepted and provided with more extensive developmental support.

The program will support four new fellows each season by 2025, making it one of the larger fellowship opportunities in the country. The fellowship provides annual pay equivalent to minimum orchestra weekly scale for 21 work weeks (totaling approximately $43,000), full benefits of PSO insurance plans, and up to $8,000 in reimbursements for audition and professional development expenses annually. Candidates are also considered for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra substitute musician opportunities.

PSO musicians are represented by Local 60-471 (Pittsburgh, PA).

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