String Fellowship

Thirteen String Fellowships are available for young professionals – between the ages of 23 and 33:

Violin (6), Viola (3), Cello (3), Double Bass (1) 

All String Fellows perform with the Eastern Festival Orchestra (EMF’s professional orchestra in residence) under the baton of Maestro Gerard Schwarz and in chamber music ensembles, where they will receive coaching from EMF faculty and participate in outreach/community engagement mini performances. Fellows will also participate in orchestral/conducting scholars reading sessions and in one to three additional ensemble/chamber orchestra performances during EMF’s five-week season.

The Eastern Music Festival Orchestra rehearsal and performance schedule includes five to six services per week (three rehearsals, one dress rehearsal, and one or two performances).

All Fellows are eligible to receive three (3) private lessons from members of EMF artist-faculty. Fellows also have access to a wide variety of EMF seminars, workshops, and professional development opportunities.

Work includes evening and weekend assignments and no outside (non-EMF) engagements may be accepted during the fellowship period without prior written agreement between the Fellow and EMF.


  • Applicants must be between the ages of 23 and 33
  • Applicants must be available for full term of Fellowship (Arrive June 24, 2023 – Departure July 30, 2023) (No exceptions)
  • Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and a clean driving record.


  • $1,000 Stipend
  • Room (shared on-campus apartment)
  • Board (Guilford College meal card)
  • Private Lessons with EMF Faculty (3 one-hour lessons)
Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

How To Apply

All applicants must complete the String Fellow Application (available online at The deadline for receipt of completed applications and video recordings is February 23, 2023.

All applicants must submit a:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short Biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • The repertoire requirements for their instrument

All materials must be uploaded through our Acceptd portal. The fee for submitting your application and audition via Acceptd will be $35 prior to January 1, 2023 and $80 thereafter. Call (336) 333-7450 x227 for additional details.

Repertoire Requirements



  • Three minutes of the first movement from one of the following. Piano accompaniment is optional.
    1. Bartok – Concerto for Viola
    2. Hindemith – Der Schwanendreher
    3. Walton – Concerto for Viola
  • Orchestral Excerpts:
    1. Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
    2. Mozart: Symphony No. 35, Haffner
    3. Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    4. R. Strauss: Don Juan


  • Five minutes from a concerto of your choice. Piano accompaniment is optional.
  • One movement from a Bach Suite
  • Orchestral Excerpts:

    1. Mozart: Symphony No. 41
    2. Brahms: Symphony No. 2
    3. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
    4. R. Strauss: Don Juan
    5. Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
      1. Letter N to Letter O (bars 296-323)

Double Bass:

  • First movement from a concerto of your choice. Piano accompaniment is optional.
  • One movement from a Bach Suite
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

The successful applicants will demonstrate professional-level artistic abilities and will also demonstrate that they possess excellent communication skills and the competencies required of EMF Fellows.

Contact Admissions

Melissa M. Edwards, DMA
Director of Education

Phone: 336-333-7450, x227
Fax: 336-333-7454


Course offerings, faculty, visiting artists, fees, and other information are subject to change without notice. Eastern Music Festival is actively committed to a diverse student body and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, or physical disability in the administration of its educational policies and programs.