Inaugural Cohort of LA Phil Resident Fellows Announced

The LA Phil's Centennial initiatives – from our 50 commissions from a diverse array of composers, to the Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood, to the Resident Fellows program – all reflect the institution's commitment to serving the needs of our community.

An excellence-based training program for early-career symphonic musicians representing or serving historically underrepresented populations, the Resident Fellows program will prepare musicians to compete for, and win, positions in major professional orchestras.

The first call for musicians yielded 120 applicants from which the four fellows (Andrew Francois, viola; Michael Fuller, double bass; Eduardo Rios, violin; and Wesley Sumpter, percussion) were chosen.

"It begins as part of our Centennial Campaign, but this program is a long-term investment in our future and the future of our industry," Acting Director, Education Initiatives Elsje Kibler-Vermaas said. "After passing auditions with orchestra members, the Fellows auditioned for Gustavo Dudamel, and then interviewed with a panel of musicians and staff."

Each of these four players will focus on their artistic development through orchestral, chamber music, new music, and education concerts performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and in community settings.

They will also have the opportunity to participate on tours with the LA Phil. Mentorship from LA Phil Musicians and assistance with audition preparation are added benefits to prepare Resident Fellows for future roles in major professional orchestras, including the LA Phil.

The support of LA Phil Centennial donors underpins the Resident Fellows program along with all of the LA Phil's Education and Community Engagement Initiatives. Find out more about how you can help here

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