NJSO Colton Fellowship

For the safety of our communities, the NJSO has canceled its concerts and events through December 31, 2020, due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The 2020–21 Colton Fellowship auditions, previously slated for June 1–3, 2020, have been postponed until further notice. Until new audition dates are confirmed, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. The NJSO continues to encourage qualified candidates to apply.

Applicants will be contacted directly when new audition dates are identified. 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.

This page will be updated as information becomes available. 

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

The Colton Fellowship will support two fellows per year to participate in NJSO performances, receive mentorship and engage with the community. For the 2020–21 season, there is one position available to join our current Colton Fellow, cellist Laura Andrade.

To be considered for the NJSO Colton Fellowship, eligible candidates must submit an application. Invited candidates will display artistic excellence through a blind audition and discuss their commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts during a short interview.

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


Eligibility & Requirements

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“The Colton Fellowship has offered an incredible opportunity to showcase diverse voices on stage in New Jersey. Our first fellow, Laura Andrade, has been a wonderful addition to our cello section, and we are so thrilled to welcome her back next season and to introduce a new fellow to the Orchestra”

NJSO Music Director Xian Zhang

"It is very gratifying to be part of the process that ultimately enables a young musician to develop into a successful professional artist. Through the NJSO Colton Fellowship, this mission becomes even more meaningful as we reach out to the least represented in the classical music world"

NJSO Assistant Concertmaster Adriana Rosin

"The Colton Fellowship has been an essential part of my growth as a musician—not only because of the immersive orchestral experience, but also because of the relationships formed with members of the orchestra and the opportunity to explore my role in the section and in the orchestra as a unit. I think that a fellowship like this is so important because as a cultural and artistic entity, it is our duty to set an example of inclusivity and kindness to the world. That’s why it is so important in our modern day society to have our orchestras represent the people we see in our everyday world, because ultimately that is how we can keep tradition alive"

NJSO Colton Fellow Laura Andrade