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Thank you for your interest in becoming part of APEX Ensemble (The Montclair Orchestra), a leading developmental orchestra program. APEX offers programs for higher education students through its Fellowship Orchestra program, and for younger musicians through its Youth Program.

APEX Fellowship Orchestra (Conservatory/University)
The flagship APEX Fellowship Orchestra program has been in operation since 2017, providing unprecedented side-by-side playing opportunities for top students from conservatories and universities to play alongside professionals from renowned ensembles including MET Opera, New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and more. APEX Fellowship Orchestra offers undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate music students a unique paid Fellowship program for the journey towards becoming a professional musician. 

Applicants for the Fellowship program will submit written responses regarding their interests; recommendations; and a virtual audition submission consisting of solo work and ensemble/orchestral excerpts. Applicant audition submittals are reviewed 'blind', with no identifying information including visual media, names or background information being shared with the evaluation panel.

For detailed information on Fellowship audition repertoire requirements, please click here

APEX Youth Program (Grades 2-12)
APEX Youth Programs offer high level ensemble instruction and preparation to music students throughout northern New Jersey and beyond. Through multiple levels of youth ensemble programs, APEX will offer developmental orchestral programs to a diverse range of music students, blending traditional orchestral preparation with progressive repertoire, to prepare the next generation of young musicians.

Auditions for APEX Youth Programs will consist of teacher recommendation; scales; solo piece; and excerpts from ensemble/orchestral works. In-person live auditions and virtual submissions will both be available for Youth Program applicants.

For detailed information on Youth Program audition requirements, please click here.

Application Fee
The application fee is $75.00, paid directly online to the Acceptd portal. Fee waivers are available for students in need of financial assistance, as well as other qualified applicants. Please click here for more information.

APEX Ensemble is leading the way for the next generation of ensemble musicians. If you have any questions, you can always ask us - email your questions to fellows@apexensemble.org or youth@apexensemble.org. For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.