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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, and USC Thornton School of Music have partnered since 2017 in a comprehensive post-graduate program designed to increase diversity in American orchestras. The LA Orchestra Fellows regularly rehearse and perform with LACO, teach and mentor the young students of ICYOLA, and receive a graduate certificate from USC.

The Fellows will participate in a 2-year program, comprised of several mutually agreeable weeks of work with LACO that consist of orchestral services, chamber music coaching and concerts, a recital, mock auditions, and teaching artist opportunities through LACO’s Meet the Music initiatives and with ICYOLA. The LA Orchestra fellowship has a $5000.00 annual minimum guarantee and does not require the musicians to live in Los Angeles. Should a candidate choose to reside outside of LA County, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will provide travel and housing for the weeks in which the fellow is a resident artist.  The LA Orchestra Fellowship also provides financial support for participating musicians to take auditions and accept work with other orchestras.

Successful applicants will be members of historically underrepresented groups in western classical music ensembles.

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