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The CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship program will accept up to five qualifying Fellows per year, who will receive full tuition scholarship support while enrolled in a two-year Master of Music (MM) or Artist Diploma (AD) program at CCM. Fellows will receive guidance from CCM’s illustrious faculty members and have access to arts entrepreneurial seminars and other performing and non-performing community engagement activities.

Each Fellow will also receive a $10,000 per year graduate stipend and one-time Graduate School Dean’s Excellence Award of $3,000.

Perform with a Professional Orchestra

Fellows will perform an equivalent of five weeks per season with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Fellows will participate in a progressive sequence of concerts based on program difficulty, with additional work focused on community engagement and educational activities.

Each Fellow will receive compensation of $8,000 per season while performing with the CSO.

Fellows will be paired with CSO coach/mentors throughout the entire two-year fellowship. Mentors will provide intensive guidance in preparation and performance for fellowship weeks with the CSO, as well as overall mentorship throughout the two-year experience.

Program Eligibility

The CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship is open to exceptional string players from underrepresented populations, which might include:

  • Members of historically underrepresented groups in both American orchestras and professional music conservatories (African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, or other Pacific islanders), and/or
  • Students representing the first generation to attend college and graduate school, and/or
  • Individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic, or academic disadvantages, and/or
  • Individuals with a demonstrated commitment to including and applying diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, service, and civic leadership, and/ or
  • Students who have participated in strong music programs in institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) or through organizations who focus on diversity and inclusion in music.

Applicants must meet the admissions and audition standards for CCM’s MM and AD programs in violin, viola, cello or double bass. Finalists will be brought back to Cincinnati for a second audition with CSO musicians in March of 2017, thanks to the grand funding.

Important Dates

CCM and the CSO are now accepting applications for the 2017-19 class of Fellows. The application deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

Live auditions with CCM faculty will be held on Jan. 13-14 and 27-28, and Feb. 10-11, 2017.

Finalists will audition for the CSO at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Fellowship decisions will be sent April 1, 2017.

Learn more about the application process by visiting


View the Diversity Fellowship Audition Lists for the Finalists' Auditions with CSO Musicians

Please contact CCM's Office of Admissions at to request scanned audition parts.

CCM is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. A complete application includes an online application, transcript(s), letters of recommendation, 500-word personal statement and a live interview at CCM.
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The inaugural class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows
Get to know the five outstanding string musicians accepted into the inaugural class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows.
Learn more about the grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which is being used to pilot this groundbreaking collaborative fellowship program.

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