The Minnesota Orchestra’s Rosemary and David Good Fellowship is a two-year program designed to enhance the orchestral careers of African American, Latinx American and Native American musicians and to encourage greater racial and cultural diversity in the orchestral field.
Meet the Rosemary and David Good Fellows
Myles Blakemore and Jason Tanksley are the Minnesota Orchestra’s first fellows, serving a two-year term from September 2017 through August 2019.
Texas native Myles 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.
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.
The next audition for fellowship positions will be held in winter 2019. Check back here in fall 2018 for more details.