Project Inclusion Freeman Fellowships

Project Inclusion is Chicago Sinfonietta’s groundbreaking program where talent and mentorship converge to develop diverse and emerging musicians, conductors, and administrators on and off-stage. What was created by Sinfonietta’s founder Paul Freeman to help eliminate institutional bias due to factors such as ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status has since broadened to tackle matters of diversity and inclusion from every angle. Today, Project Inclusion offers four multifaceted, professional development fellowships to orchestral and ensemble musicians, conductors, and arts administrators.

Chicago Sinfonietta is dedicated to changing the face of classical music; Project Inclusion is the program to make this change possible.

PI Freeman Fellowships

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Project Inclusion

Chicago Sinfonietta is proud to offer an opportunity for diverse, emerging and early career administrative professionals through our new Project Inclusion Administrative Freeman Fellowship. This is a nine-month long, financially compensated fellowship with practical, hands-on experience.
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Project Inclusion

Project Inclusion started in 2008 with efforts to provide promising, diverse musicians a fellowship for one to two years with Chicago Sinfonietta. The goal is to identify, train, mentor, and prepare orchestra musicians beginning their pursuit of a professional career. Chicago Sinfonietta serves 4-6 instrumentalists chosen through a highly selective process annually.
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Project Inclusion

Launched in 2010, this one- to two-year fellowship is a professional development program for 4-6 early-career musicians. The PI Ensemble features professional, freelance musicians who often find work performing chamber music. Musicians, who may also be selected for the PI Orchestral Fellowship, are chosen through a competitive audition process.
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Project Inclusion

Implemented in 2013, Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship fosters the development of conductors of diverse backgrounds who are on the verge of professional careers. Conducting Freeman Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with CS Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, other experienced conductors, and industry professionals.

Fellow Highlights

"After one conducting session, the instructor pulled me aside and told me 'you could be really good, if you just believe.' It was after his words of encouragement, that I started believing"

- Kalena Bovell

"I believe in the power of music and I believe that for many people, the key to enjoying it is simply exposure. Bringing music to them in a way that is innovative and inclusive"

- Roger Kalia


Chicago Sinfonietta thanks the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and others for their generous support of Project Inclusion.