The Nova Fellowship is an opportunity for highly talented pre-professional musicians 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.
As the core musicians and section leaders of Symphony Nova, the Fellows are a tight-knit group of emerging professional musicians that perform at the highest artistic level. In addition to performing in concerts, Fellows serve as artistic partners with Music Director Lawrence Isaacson by selecting repertoire, seeking cross-disciplinary collaborations, and crafting the audience experience.
Fellows refine their practical skills through collaborative learning with peer musicians, while receiving training from industry leaders. Fellows put their marketing skills into practice while sharing the job of promoting Symphony Nova concerts, and creating content for Nova’s website. Fellows receive public speaking coaching, an essential skill for engaging audiences, and the opportunity to speak at Nova concerts. In seminars on topics selected by the Fellows, they have the opportunity to learn the essentials of managing a busy freelancing schedule, marketing themselves and Symphony Nova, preparing taxes as a self-employed artist, managing their finances, grant writing, addressing performance anxiety and more.
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.
Every year Symphony Nova selects ten Nova Fellows through a competitive audition and interview. The next application cycle opens in winter 2017 with auditions held in spring 2017.
Symphony Nova also holds auditions for substitute players on an annual or semi-annual basis.