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  • Informational interview completed and application submission must be done by February 1, 2013.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up an interview or with any questions about the fellowship program.

The Orchestra Management Fellowship Program is the League of American Orchestra’s premier leadership training program. This highly competitive program is designed to launch executive careers in American orchestra management. Fellows receive invaluable work experience while undertaking a series of residencies with orchestras of various sizes, participate in leadership seminars, and receive a comprehensive overview of the classical music industry. Since 1981, more than 175 Fellows have graduated from the program and many hold prestigious executive leadership positions in America's orchestras.

Schedule Commitment
Candidates must commit to the full 12-month program, which runs June 2013 to June 2014, and be able to relocate for orchestra assignments. The fellowship year begins at the Aspen Music Festival and School, followed by residencies with a major and smaller budget American orchestra, and concludes at the League’s National Conference.

Stipend and Benefits
The fellowship stipend is $40,000. In addition, fellows receive reimbursement for travel between each assignment and are eligible to participate in the League health insurance program.

Who Should Apply?
Candidates, of any racial or ethnic background, who are specifically committed to becoming the executive director of an American orchestra within five to ten years of graduating from OMFP. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, and able to demonstrate eligibility to work in the U.S.

Please download the OMFP application guidelines here.

How to Apply

  • Complete Informational Interview
  • Fill out Online Application
    • Biography (no more than 350 words)
    • Resume
    • Organizational chart
    • Essay
    • Optional personal video statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Think-Piece Essay
  • Pay $60 application fee

Additional Program Information

Preferred Background

  • At least three years of full-time, paid, work experience with an orchestra or music organization or another area of the nonprofit sector.
  • Direct managerial experience, including staff supervision, and demonstrable experience in project planning and management, budget development and overall understanding of nonprofit financial statements.
  • Professional musicians with considerable organizational experience (i.e., players committee or ICSOM or ROPA representative) are encouraged to apply.
  • For-profit sector applicants may also be considered, provided their work experience will transition to an administrative role within orchestras and the candidate meets eligibility requirements.

OMFP Fellow Characteristics

  • Commitment to achieving an executive director position with an orchestra
  • Knowledge of, and passion for orchestral repertoire
  • Leadership aptitude and demonstrated professional achievement
  • Initiative, inquisitiveness, and active learning
  • Creative problem solving, risk-taking
  • Short and long term strategic thinking
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Collaborative work-style, team builder

Selection Process

The OMFP finals take place Spring 2013. A review panel will invite a small group of finalists to travel to New York City March 28 (1pm) – 29 (2pm), at their own expense, for rigorous interviews and evaluation with industry executives, former OMFP fellows, and League staff. Two OMFP fellows will be selected from this group.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , director of learning programs, with any questions you may have about OMFP.

Qualified applicants to the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, or any other protected status. No question on this application is intended to secure information to be used for such discrimination.

The League of American Orchestras offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply and is committed to diversity in its programs.

The Orchestra Management Fellowship Program is made possible by support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, alumni of the Fellowship Program, and by host orchestras.