Sphinx Orchestral Futurist Fellowship And Residency Program


Sphinx Orchestral Futurist Fellowship & Residency Program

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F) in partnership with the National Philharmonic and The Sphinx Organization announce a new two-year fellowship and residency program that combines arts administration, orchestral performance, and music curation with a particular focus on community engagement. 

Building on NOI+F’s existing Orchestral Futurist Fellowship, the National Philharmonic will offer each fellow the opportunity to expand their work into a second year through a professional residency with the National Philharmonic. 

Year 1 (Orchestral Futurist Fellowship):

The fellow will work with the Director of the NOI+F on the planning, recruitment and community engagement over a 13-month period to advance their careers as orchestral musicians and provide a creative platform for shaping the orchestra of the future. The fellow is accepted by application and chosen jointly by NOI+F, National Philharmonic, and The Sphinx Organization. 

The fellowship begins with a summer fellowship at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival. Following their first summer at the institute, they will begin a yearlong artistic and administrative collaboration with the Director of NOI+F and staff of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center to plan an artistic project centered around community engagement.  

The fellow will work remotely with general responsibilities ranging from 10-12 hours per month, excluding participation in the festival and the two retreats. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of $300, tuition remission from NOI+F, domestic travel and housing during the festival and retreats.

Fellowship Components

Orchestral • As musicians of extemporary talent, each fellow will receive orchestral leadership assignments during their two summers at NOI+F, performing as principal players in one or more concerts. 

Arts Administration • The fellow will receive real-world arts administration experience as they work with the NOI+F and Clarice staff to plan and execute their artistic project centered on community engagement. Each fellow will be mentored by The Clarice’s management team to gain additional perspectives in the field of arts administration, including the areas of development, marketing, finance, community engagement, production and entrepreneurship.

Community Engagement • The fellows will work directly with The Clarice's Assistant Director for Campus and Community Engagement to create meaningful interactions between NOI+F and the local community. Each fellow will design and implement one concert in The Clarice’s surrounding community.

Year 2 (Orchestral Futurist in Residence):

Following the conclusion of their first year with NOI+F, the fellow will be offered a professional residency with the National Philharmonic where they will be an important member of the NatPhil administrative team, supporting the team’s work in creating a more inclusive and equitable future in arts and culture.   

The OFIR’s one season tenure with NatPhil focuses on growing their artistic project into a sustainable effort through customized mentorship and training opportunities that align with their project focus and goals, while integrating their project into the NatPhil season.  

Mentorship and training will include arts entrepreneurship and leadership, fundraising/sustainability, marketing, and community engagement. The OFIR will have the opportunity to grow their organization or project with Washington, DC region audiences and communities, increasing their impact and reach. At the conclusion of the residency, OFIR will have the opportunity to pitch their project or organization to a panel of funders. 

The OFIR will work remotely with general responsibilities ranging from 10-12 hours per month in addition to onsite residency time during the season. The residency structure and timing will be customized to best fit OFIR’s project impact. The OFIR will receive a monthly stipend of $300, performance fees when applicable, domestic travel and housing during their onsite residency periods.

Apply + Audition

In addition to fulfilling application and audition requirements for the Orchestral Fellowship, candidates interested in the NOI+F Sphinx Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • This fellowship is open to Black and Latinx classical musicians.
  • All applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age on May 24, 2021.
  • Applicants must submit a project proposal: As part of your fellowship, you will be guided in the creation of a project of your choosing that addresses the future of symphony orchestras. Submit a project brief that outlines one possible idea for your project, its goals and desired impact and budget. Some examples of projects applicants may focus on include innovation in K-12 programming, new marketing strategies, unique partnerships or activities to broaden audience participation. (750 words maximum)
  • Applications are due Mon, March 29, 2021 at 5PM ET