Celebrating 63 Years of Inspired Music Making!

June 22 – July 27, 2024


EMF offers opportunities for exceptional young pre-professional musicians (ages 23-33) to gain valuable on-stage, outreach, leadership, and performance experience with the Eastern Festival Orchestra through fellowships.

The Trombone Fellow (open to tenor trombone in 2024) performs with the Eastern Festival Orchestra (EMF’s artist-faculty orchestra) under the baton of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, and perform in chamber music ensembles, as well as play “anchor” roles in orchestral/conducting scholar reading sessions. Outreach/community performances and engagement activities are encouraged. 

The Eastern Music Festival Orchestra rehearsal and performance schedule includes five or 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.

Responsibilities include evening and weekend assignments, and no outside (non-EMF) engagements may be accepted during the fellowship period without the prior written agreement of EMF.


  • Applicants must be between the ages of 23 and 33
  • Applicants must be available for full term of Fellowship (Arrive June 22, 2024 – Depart July 28) (No exceptions)
  • Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and a clean driving record.

Fellowship Benefits

  • $1,000 Stipend

  • Room (shared on-campus apartment)

  • Board (Guilford College meal card)

  • Private Lessons with EMF Faculty (three one-hour lessons)

How To Apply

All applicants must complete the Trombone Fellow Application (available online at getacceptd.com/EMFestival). The deadline for receipt of completed applications and video recordings is February 20, 2024.

All applicants must submit a

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

All materials must be uploaded through our Acceptd portal. The fee for submitting your application and audition via Accepted is $35 prior to January 1, 2024, and $80 thereafter. Call 336.333.7450 x 227 for additional details.

Repertoire Requirements



Second Round

If a second round of auditions is needed, candidates who advance will receive an email with PDF’s of the music. The pieces will be as follows:

  1. Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Mov. 1: 17th bar after rehearsal 3 to Rehearsal 4; Mov. 1: 9th bar after Rehearsal 24 to Rehearsal 25; Mov. 2: 13th bar after Rehearsal 15 to Rehearsal 17)
  2. Ravel: Bolero (Solo only)
  3. Rossini: William Tell (Rehearsal C to 9th bar after Rehearsal D)
  4. Wagner: Walkürenritt (Ride of the Valkyries) (Minor and 1st Major sections)

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

Contact Admissions

Melissa M. Edwards, DMA
Director of Education and Admissions

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


The content regarding course offerings, faculty, visiting artists, fees, and other details may change without prior notice. Eastern Music Festival is dedicated to promoting diversity within its student community and does not engage in discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, or physical ability in the administration of its educational policies and programs.