Education & Engagement
Britt orchestra Fellowship Program

The James Collier Orchestral Fellowship program provides aspiring musicians with the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside members of the Britt Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Teddy Abrams. All orchestral fellows will be mentored by a professional orchestral musician, and in many cases their mentor will be the section principal. The fellows will also form a chamber ensemble, choose their own repertoire, and provide outreach performances in the southern Oregon community. The 2018 fellowships will begin on July 21st and end on August 13th.

Meet the 2018 James Collier Britt Orchestra Fellows!

Ben Abel - Butler University
Sophie Fortunato
- Louisiana State University 
Jing Kappes -
Portland State University
Esther Platt
- University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor

Gabrielle Skinner - Rice University Shepherd School of Music
Sean Flynn
- University of Texas, Austin

Phillip Goist - University of Cincinnati, College Conservator of Music
Jacob Ginn
- University of Arizona, Tucson

Christopher Cerrone

"Here at RVM, our residents always appreciate entertainment from the outside. We feel fortunate that that Britt has a fellowship program that brings music to all ages, and that we were the recipients of this program.  You are talented musicians and played with much spirit, enthusiasm, and dedication which brought much joy to the audience...


The RV Manor Entertainment Committee"

(click on a position below to see audition requirements for the 2018 fellows)

Each fellow is provided with a stipend of $1,000 for living expenses during the fellowship period, a $600 travel reimbursement (cartage assistance available for cello), and housing.

Minimum Application Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled as a music performance or music education major in an undergraduate college or conservatory music program, or have earned a Bachelor’s degree in music performance or education, or earned an equivalent diploma.

  • Must be 18 years or older

  • Must provide a current CV

  • Must provide at least 2 letters of recommendation from a professor and/or private instructor.

  • Must provide a single page cover letter outlining the reasons for your interest in and readiness for this program. Please address the following questions:

    • What are your personal and professional goals as an artist?

    • What role does the contemporary musician play in the community both as a musician and as a teaching artist?

Violin: 4 positions | Viola: 2 positions | Cello: 2 positions

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Where Are They Now?

The 2017 Britt Orchestra Fellows:
Alicia Keener - Texas Tech University 
Lauren Culver - Eugene Symphony Orchestra Graduate Teaching Fellowship, she is both a section member of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and a teacher at the Community Music Institute
Nini Liao - Texas Christian University
Kira Weiss - Graduate School at UCSB studying ethnomusicology
Michael Woodard - Graduate School at University of Houston
Sebastian Chang - Keyboard at Louisville Orchestra, Margaret S. Comstock Chair

Conner Gray Covington - Associate Conductor at Utah Symphony