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Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen LA Phil Resident Fellows launched as a centerpiece initiative of the LA Phil’s Centennial, creating a pathway toward a more diverse and inclusive orchestra of tomorrow.

The fellowship is an excellence-based training program for superb early-career symphonic musicians representing or serving historically underrepresented populations. Its goal is to prepare these musicians to compete for, and win, positions in major professional orchestras.

The Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen LA Phil Resident Fellows program is supported by Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen, the Eugene and Marilyn Stein Family Foundation, and Nancy and Leslie Abell. 

Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing on stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Program Highlights

  • Performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel for at least 20 weeks of each season.

  • Participate in orchestral, chamber music, new music, and education concerts performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and in community settings

  • Tour with the LA Phil

  • Compensation and other benefits (further details will be contained in an offer letter to those selected):

    • Weekly salary

    • Fellowship stipend to cover additional living/housing expenses

    • Benefits (life, health, dental, disability, and instrument insurance)

    • Reimbursement for semi-monthly private lessons

    • A travel stipend for reasonable audition travel

    • Mentorship with an LA Phil musician

    • Opportunity to engage with LA Phil’s innovative Education and Community Programs

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass), horn, or percussionists

  • Early-career symphonic musicians representing or serving populations that have historically been underrepresented in symphonic orchestras, including, but not limited to:

    • Musicians of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander descent; and/or

    • Individuals with demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the arts, learning, and civic leadership

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Candidates may currently hold a position in another orchestra

  • Eligible for employment in the United States (visa sponsorship is not offered)

Application Information & Timeline

Open Applications:

There are no open auditions at this time.

Application Materials:

You will be asked to supply:

  • Biographical information

  • One-page resume with performance history

  • Short essay responses

  • Prescreening audition via video recording with the provided repertoire lists

Biographical Information

Application Instructions and Timeline:

Step 1: Email with your intent to apply by 5PM (PST) on February 18, 2024
Step 2: All required materials due by 5PM (PST) on March 2nd, 2024
Step 3: Audition invitations and declinations distributed to applicants on or before March 16th, 2024

Auditions will be held May 2-4, 2024

Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.


An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under federal, state, or local law. The Association also provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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