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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

A two-year program designed to enhance the orchestral careers of African American, Latino American and Native American musicians and to encourage greater racial and cultural diversity in the orchestral field.

Two year residency for one musician beginning September 2017.

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

Application with recording due April 21.
Notification of applicants by May 5.
Live auditions and interviews will be held June 12 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
Travel 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 April 21:
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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.
  • A second fellowship musician will be hired beginning with the 2018-19 season with the intention of continuing with two overlapping fellowship positions.

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.