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About The Fellowship

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus offers fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in a music-related field.  Up to three Shari Bierman Singer Fellowships may be granted per season, each in the amount of $3,500. 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.

In addition to performing alongside The Cleveland Orchestra, Fellows will receive unique opportunities throughout the season to be mentored by staff of The Cleveland Orchestra, participate in one-one-one conversations with guest artists, and develop skills specific to their intended career path. Examples of this might include coachings with Daniel Overly, our Collaborative Pianist, meetings with our Marketing Team on building your personal brand and online presence, or a discussion with the Artistic Administrative Staff about career-pathing and getting hired as a professional musician. Finally, Fellows are invited to give a recital in Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance, where Artistic Staff will be in attendance.

  • College undergraduate and graduate level students pursuing a vocal performance, music education, conducting, or similar music-related degree during the 2024-2025 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 in University Circle on Monday evenings from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, occasional Sunday evenings, and every night during concert weeks. Members of the COC perform with The Cleveland Orchestra in subscription and holiday concerts at Severance Music Center. 


Applications are now open for the 2024-25 season.


  • Fill out the online application here

  • And provide the following:

    • Performance resume

    • One letter of reference supporting musical background and character from current or most recent studio/private teacher or ensemble director.

    • 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).


The Audition


  • 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 up to three 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.  

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