Project Inclusion Freeman Fellowships

Project Inclusion is Chicago Sinfonietta’s groundbreaking program where talent and mentorship converge to develop diverse, 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.

Current Fellowships

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Project Inclusion Administrative Freeman Fellowship (PIAFF)

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

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. Through a selective process, Sinfonietta chooses 4-6 PIOF fellows.
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Project Inclusion Ensemble Freeman Fellowship (PIEFF)

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. PIE musicians, who may also be selected for the PI Orchestral Fellowship, are chosen through a competitive audition process.
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Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship (PICFF)

Implemented in 2013, the Project Inclusion Conducting Fellowship fosters the development of 4-6 conductors of diverse backgrounds who are on the verge of professional careers. The conducting fellows have the opportunity to work closely with CS Music Director Mei-Ann Chen and other experienced conductors, and industry professionals.


The Chicago Sinfonietta is very grateful to the Andrew Mellon Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust for their support of Project Inclusion.