NJSO Colton Fellowship Audition 2020

The health and safety of our patrons, musicians, staff and communities are our highest priority. Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) global health pandemic, and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NJSO has postponed all scheduled concerts and events through May 10.

The NJSO continues to welcome applications for the 2020–21 NJSO Colton Fellowship. 

We will follow updates and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Jersey Department of Health to make the most informed decision possible to determine when we can safely hold the auditions.

The latest updates about the NJSO’s response to the coronavirus pandemic can be found at njsymphony.org/coronavirus.


Eligibility & Requirements

More information about the NJSO Colton Fellowship.

Deadline to apply: April 24, 2020
Auditions: June 1–3, 2020, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ
Dates of employment: September 1, 2020–August 31, 2021

The 2020–21 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Colton Fellowship is designed to support Black and Latinx musicians in the orchestra field. This initiative continues the NJSO’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

The NJSO Colton Fellows will experience the full breadth of the NJSO musician experience of statewide service to people of all ages—performing in mainstage concerts, education programs and chamber music performances across the state. In the 2020–21 season, the NJSO will offer each Colton Fellow:

  • At least 27 weeks, including two (2) weeks of paid vacation, up to one (1) additional week of vacation services and up to fourteen (14) NJSO Community Partners (CP) program services, with a base salary of $1,430.14 per week and CP services paying $260.03 per service.
  • Benefits include paid employee health insurance (contributory spousal, parent/child or family coverage and contributory dental coverage available), life insurance, long-term disability insurance, instrument insurance and pension contribution of 10.9%. 
  • Additionally, NJSO Colton Fellows will receive up to $2,000 in professional development opportunities.

Fellowship Eligibility:

  • Self-identify as Black and/or Latinx
  • Play an orchestral string instrument (for 2020–21, only applicants for violin, viola and double bass will be considered)
  • Eligible for employment in the United States for the 2020–21 season (the NJSO is not able to sponsor work visas for this Fellowship)
  • Bachelor of Music degree preferred
  • Candidates who have held a full-season contract position with any ICSOM orchestra are not eligible to apply

Application Requirements:

  • 1–page resume with your contact info
  • A second version of your resume with your name, email address, physical address and phone number removed. This redacted version is given to the Audition Committee for screening purposes.
  • 3 professional references
  • A short answer (3 sentences) to each of the following questions:
    • Please provide one example of how you have engaged diverse communities through music.
    • Please describe someone whom you consider to be one of your most important mentors and role models, and how you have applied what you have learned from them in both your personal and professional lives.
    • How would you use your time as an NJSO Colton Fellow to promote creative excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion?
    • How do you see the program supporting your long-term career goals?

Submit your application

Questions about the application may be sent to Cassandra Mueller, audition coordinator ([email protected]).

Resumes will be reviewed after submission and all applicants will be notified by email of their invitation to attend the audition. Audition travel assistance may be available upon request.

Travel & Hotel Resources

Eligible applicants may qualify for travel support through the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS). Visit their website for more information.

Directions, parking, and public transportation information to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) can be found can be found on NJPAC’s website.

Hotels near NJPAC

24 East Park Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973.642.7100
Located one block away from NJPAC

50 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102 
Phone: 973.622.1000 
Located across the street from NJPAC.

100 Passaic Ave, Harrison, NJ 07029 
Phone: 973.483.1900 

1 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ 07102 
Phone: 973.622.5000 
Located five blocks from NJPAC and adjacent to Newark Penn Station. 

Phone: 973.848.0070

Newark Liberty International Airport is a short cab ride to downtown Newark. All hotels listed provide airport shuttle service. 

Please note the following:

  • All audition rounds will be held behind a screen.
  • The Audition Committee reserves the right to dismiss immediately any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards at these auditions.
  • Clean copies of music will be provided on stage.


This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Judith and Stewart Colton.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes and values diversity, equity and inclusion in all forms.