About The Fellowship
The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus offers fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in a music-related field. Up to two Shari Bierman Singer Fellowships may be granted per season, each in the amount of $3,000. Students must have demonstrable skill, evidenced through a combination of academic and musical talent, GPA, and performance ability. Applicants must be able to commit to the full rehearsal and performance schedule of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Fellowship recipients have additional guidance and mentorship opportunities from the choral conducting staff of The Cleveland Orchestra.
NOTE: The awarding of the Shari Bierman Singer Fellowship has been suspended until such time as it is deemed safe for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus to have in-person rehearsals and live performances.
College undergraduate and graduate level students pursuing a vocal performance, music education, conducting, or similar music-related degree during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Students must be enrolled full-time.
Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Students must be able to commit to the full rehearsal and performance schedule of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.
Rehearsals & Performances
The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus (COC) rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00pm – 10:00pm in Beachwood, with some additional Sunday evenings and every night during concert weeks. Members of the COC perform with The Cleveland Orchestra in subscription and Christmas concerts at Severance Hall.
The application process and the awarding of the fellowship has been suspended until such time as it is deemed safe for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus to have in-person rehearsals and live performances.
The below is an outline of the typical application process.
Complete application which will be available online. DO THIS FIRST. Filling out this simple application will trigger the scheduling of your audition time. The rest of your materials may be sent later.
Submit one letter of reference supporting musical background and character from current or most recent studio/private director or ensemble director.
Submit a personal statement about how your participation as a chorus member would contribute to your long-term goals (not to exceed 500 words).
A copy of your most recent transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable).
Application materials should be submitted to email@example.com.
All auditions are currently suspended. The below information is provided as an example of what is typically required.
Perform two contrasting solos. At least one selection should be in Italian, French, or German.
Sight-read selections of the director’s choice, with accompaniment.
Sing scales, arpeggios, or other technical exercises as directed.
In memory of
Shari Bierman Singer
Shari Bierman Singer was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for 25 years. The Shari Bierman Singer Fellowship, created in her memory, provides financial assistance for two Cleveland Orchestra Chorus members pursuing full-time undergraduate or graduate level studies in vocal performance, music education, conducting, or similar music-related fields. Financial assistance awarded through the Fellowship program serves as a tribute to Shari’s commitment to music education and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.