• Ensemble ACJW is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, music entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school. Ensemble ACJW selects up to 20 musicians every two years. Fellows are selected based on their musicianship; commitment to music education and audience engagement; leadership qualities; and aptitude for teamwork.

    The application for Ensemble ACJW's 2016–2018 fellowship positions is available here.

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  • 2016 Ensemble ACJW Application Requirements

    1. Applications will be accepted for the following instruments only: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, tenor trombone, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass.
    2. Applicants must have earned at least an undergraduate degree or its equivalent by September 2016, with a graduate degree preferred. You cannot be enrolled in a degree program while participating in Ensemble ACJW. (If you are a DMA candidate, you must have completed your course work.) International applicants must have graduated from an American educational institution and be fluent in English, both written and spoken. If you are an international applicant, please be sure to read the document regarding visa information.
    3. Two letters of recommendation will be required from applicants who are invited to Ensemble ACJW’s live auditions March 7–11, 2016. Please list the names of your two recommenders where indicated on the application. Upon notification that you have advanced to pre-screening, DecisionDesk will directly contact your recommenders at the email addresses you have provided. Recommenders will be asked to upload their letters of recommendation. Recommenders may be the same or different from the references listed on your resume.
    4. A resume must be provided that includes the applicant’s education, training, performance, and teaching experience. Please include the names and contact information of two references whom you give us permission to contact.
    5. A statement of purpose (no more than 700 words) must be provided that should include, but is not be limited to: reason(s) for interest in Ensemble ACJW; what is hoped to be gained from the experience; and a description of any relevant performance, teaching, or community engagement experience. Discuss why you feel Ensemble ACJW will be critical to the growth of your career.
    6. All applicants must upload live, unedited pre-screening recording selections that represent their most advanced technical and musical capabilities. The recording selections must include accompaniment (when applicable) and date from within the last two years. Video recording is preferred, but audio will be accepted. Excerpts will not be considered unless otherwise stated. It is highly preferred that each selection is uploaded as a separate file. Pre-screening material will be evaluated by a panel of top-level professional musicians. The pre-screening panel will remain anonymous and has the right to deny a live audition to anyone who does not submit repertoire according to the requirements listed below.
    7. All application materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Materials received after the application deadline will not be considered. Pre-screening results will be communicated via email by January 25, 2016. Applicants who pass the pre-screening will be notified about live audition procedures at that time. Auditions will take place in New York City from March 7–11, 2016. Please note that we cannot accommodate requests to change live audition dates or times.

    Pre-Screening Requirements for Winds, Piano, and Strings:

    1. A movement from a standard concerto or sonata
    2. A contrasting movement or brief work of your choice
    3. A movement from a standard work of chamber music (with complete ensemble). String candidates: Please do not include duos with piano.
    4. The following repertoire by instrument:
      Flute: First movement of a Mozart concerto
      Oboe: Two contrasting movements from a work or works by J. S. Bach
      Clarinet: First movement from a concerto by Mozart or Weber
      Bassoon: First movement from a concerto by Mozart or Weber
      Piano: A substantial first movement from a sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, or Schubert
      Violin: Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied J. S. Bach sonata or partita
      Viola: Two contrasting movements from a J. S. Bach suite, sonata, or partita
      Cello: Two contrasting movements from a J. S. Bach suite
      Bass: Two contrasting movements from a J. S. Bach suite

    Pre-Screening Requirements for Brass:

    1. A movement from a standard concerto or sonata
    2. A contrasting movement or brief work of your choice
    3. The following repertoire by instrument:
      Horn: First movement from a concerto by Mozart (nos. 2, 3 or 4) or R. Strauss
      Trumpet: First movement from a concerto by Haydn or Hummel
      Tenor Trombone: One of the 13 etudes-caprices by Eugene Bozza
    4. Optional: A movement from a standard work of chamber music (with complete ensemble)

    Pre-Screening Requirements for Percussion:

    1. 4–5 minute excerpt of multiple percussion work of your choice
    2. 4–5 minute excerpt of contemporary four-mallet work of your choice
    3. One movement of your choice from Elliott Carter’s Eight Pieces for Timpani
    4. Optional: a movement from a work of chamber music (with complete ensemble)

    Visa Information For International Applicants

    Live Audition Requirements


    Fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 along with health benefits and access to rehearsal and performance facilities. The average time commitment by each fellow is approximately 20 hours per week.