Meet the Rosemary and David Good Fellows

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Rosemary and David Good Fellowship is a two-year program intended to enhance opportunities for African American, Latin American and Native American professional orchestral musicians early in their careers and to encourage greater diversity in the orchestral field.

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2018-20 Rosemary and David Good Fellow

Emilio Rutllant is serving a two-year term from September 2018 through August 2020.

Emilio Rutllant recently joined the Minnesota Orchestra as a Rosemary and David Good Fellow, after playing with the Miami City Ballet (Opus One) Orchestra and Sinfonia Boca Raton. He has performed as principal flute in both ensembles as well as in the Nu Deco Ensemble and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. He has also played with the Palm Beach Opera and New World Symphony, founded numerous chamber ensembles, and taught at Indian River State College and as a graduate assistant at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Miami, and his Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University, in addition to studies at Lynn University Conservatory of Music. 

2017-19 Rosemary and David Good Fellow

Jason Tanksley is serving a two-year term from September 2017 through August 2019.

Jason Tanksley

Tuba player Jason Tanksley earned a Master of Music degree and is now a candidate for the Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the instruction of Yasuhito Sugiyama. A native of Detroit and graduate of Wayne State University, where he studied with Dennis Nulty, Tanksley has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Blossom Festival Band, Michigan Opera and Jacksonville Symphony, among other ensembles. As a soloist, he has appeared with the International Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Concert Band and the Wayne State University Symphony Orchestra, as well as its Wind Symphony. He enjoys kayaking and laser tag in his spare time.

Past Rosemary and David Good Fellows

Myles Blakemore

Texas native Myles Blakemore, one of our 2017 Rosemary and David Good Fellows, won a position with the New World Symphony starting in 2018. He is now with the US Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, MD. Blakemore is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he studied trombone with John Kitzman, and the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dr. Per Brevig. He has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and served as second trombone with New Jersey’s Symphony in C during the 2016-17 season. He has held festival fellowships in Aspen and Spoleto and performed at summer festivals in Brevard, North Carolina, and Lake George, New York. Outside of music, Blakemore enjoys exploring new coffee shops and rooting for Dallas Cowboys Football.

Check back in fall 2018 for information about the 2019 audition!

Rosemary and David Good Fellowship Application

Myles Blakemore performs with the Minnesota Orchestra

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Rosemary and David Good Fellowship is a two-year program intended to enhance opportunities for African American, Latin American and Native American professional orchestral musicians early in their careers and to encourage greater diversity in the orchestral field.

Application deadline: January 28, 2019.
Employment will begin September 2019.

Auditions will be held for: violin, viola, cello, bassoon, contrabassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, bass trombone and percussion.

Only highly qualified musicians should apply immediately by sending application and recording to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Live auditions and interviews will be held March 11, 2019 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
Domestic travel (or equivalent) and lodging provided for invited finalists.
Candidates must be able to work indefinitely in the United States without sponsorship.
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Applicants should submit the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 28:
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Brief resume
Professional quality performance recording Download repertoire requirements

Annual salary guarantee -- $40,000 with benefits
Salary includes playing in the orchestra for 54 services/season. Paid at regular sub rate for any additional services beyond the 54.

Fellowship details:

  • Attend orchestra rehearsals, sitting both on stage and in the house.
  • Performance opportunities in the orchestra as determined by principal, increasing over time.
  • Regular lessons with Minnesota Orchestra musicians.
  • Official musician mentor from another section in the orchestra.
  • Mock auditions, both informal and formal.
  • Stipend to take outside auditions.
  • Education and outreach work including presentations, school visits, work with community partners, Young People’s concerts.
  • Member of Diversity and Inclusion Committee which consists of Minnesota Orchestra board members, musicians and staff.
  • Join Development meetings with funders as appropriate.

The Minnesota Orchestra is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization that reflects the diversity of Minnesota. We encourage applicants from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The Minnesota Orchestra embraces its commitment to equal opportunity for all applicants, regardless of race, gender, religion, age, marital or veteran’s status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.

Student Ambassadors

Represent the Minnesota Orchestra on your campus! Student Ambassadors are highly motivated, self-sufficient high school, undergraduate or graduate students of any major who help spread the word about student discounts on their campuses and schools.

Participating students help promote Campus Night concerts in exchange for complimentary Minnesota Orchestra tickets and other extras. Campus Night concerts are concerts featuring free pre- and post-concert activities just for students!

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Bus Subsidies

Welcome to our pilot bus subsidy program! All bus subsidy funds have been allocated for the 2018-19 season. Your request will be placed on our waiting list. If funds become available, you will be contacted.

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  • Priority is given to schools with a higher percentage of free and reduced lunch.
  • If awarded, we will provide up to $180 for every bus needed for your group

2018-19 Bus Subsidies

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