The Nova Fellowship is an opportunity for talented music school graduates to develop professionally as they begin their music careers. The fellowship is a seven-month (October – April) immersive experience that includes orchestral and chamber performances, professional training seminars and community outreach.


Fellows refine their marketing skills with hands-on experience and seminars from industry leaders. Fellows are encouraged to assist behind the scenes with promoting four Symphony Nova concerts per year, and writing content for Nova’s website. Fellows receive public speaking coaching, an essential skill for engaging audiences, and the opportunity to speak at Nova concerts.

Community Outreach

Fellows create and present educational concerts to K-12 schools in Greater Boston. This opportunity is made possible with the support of Walpole Friends of Music. Fellows also engage youth symphony students at rehearsals and instrument coachings.

Learning Resources

Fellows learn the essentials of managing a busy freelancing schedule and preparing taxes as a self-employed artist. Through a partnership with New England Conservatory, Fellows have access to Entrepreneurial Musicianship seminars and Bridge, a music job listing.


Every year Symphony Nova selects ten Nova Fellows through a competitive audition and interview. The next application cycle opens in winter 2016 with auditions held in spring 2016.

Symphony Nova also holds auditions for substitute players on an annual or semi-annual basis.

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