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, Latino American and Native American professional orchestral musicians early in their careers and to encourage greater diversity in the orchestral field.

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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, recently won a position with the New World Symphony starting in 2018. 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.

The application deadline for the next fellowship audition is January 26, 2018. Apply now »

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, Latino American and Native American professional orchestral musicians early in their careers and to encourage greater diversity in the orchestral field.

Two year residency for one musician beginning September 2018.

Fellowship includes performance opportunities with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Auditions will be held for violin, viola, cello, flute, horn, trombone and bass trombone.

Application with recording due January 26.
Notification of applicants by February 12.
Live auditions and interviews will be held March 12 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 26:
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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.
  • Formal reviews with feedback from audition committee and section 3x/year.

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 (any major!) that help spread the word about student discounts on their campus and schools. Help us cultivate the next generation of Minnesota Orchestra listeners!

Students participating in this program can add their Ambassador experience to their resumes and have the opportunity to work directly with Minnesota Orchestra staff and meet musicians.

Student Ambassadors help promote two Campus Night concerts, one in the fall and one in the spring. Chosen by Student Ambassadors, these concerts are eligible for the $12 Student Rush discount and feature special pre- and post-concert activities just for students, including an exclusive meet and greet with Minnesota Orchestra musicians and administrative staff! Campus Night concerts will be announced soon!

Two ways to get involved:


Collaborate with other Ambassadors to communicate Minnesota Orchestra student discounts by distributing flyers, brainstorming new promotional ideas, spreading the word on social media and volunteering at Campus Night concerts at Orchestra Hall.

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Work closely with Minnesota Orchestra staff to guide campuses with multiple Student Ambassadors while also accomplishing the responsibilities of a Student Ambassador.

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  • Two tickets to Campus Night
  • Student Easy Pass (Student Ambassador Leaders only)
  • Minnesota Orchestra merchandise
  • Hands-on marketing experience with a world-renowned organization
  • Opportunities to further engage in arts marketing


Now accepting applications for Spring 2018! Deadline to apply is January 22, 2018.

Students and Musicians

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Homeschool Workshops Signup

We offer a homeschool workshop at Orchestra Hall several weeks prior to most Young People’s Concerts. Material and activities are presented by a licensed teacher and include a mix of information about the hall, what to expect on the field trip, and what to listen for during the concert. Workshops are participatory, interactive and free of charge for registered concert attendees. Sign up to participate in the workshop here!

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