Paul J. Ross Fellowship - Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra
Monday, February 13, 2023
Pittsburg, PA, USA
The Paul J. Ross Fellowship Program is a two-year program designed to enable musicians identifying as
Black or African American to dedicate themselves to the pursuit of an orchestral career. Fellows work
closely alongside members of the Pittsburgh Symphony to train and prepare for professional auditions
and opportunities, with substantial financial and professional development support, and robust
mentorship in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
The Paul J. Ross Fellowship is named in honor of the late Paul J. Ross, the violinist who, in 1965, was the
first African American musician to receive a full-time contract from the Pittsburgh Symphony. The legacy
of Paul J. Ross is notable for nurturing, mentoring, and supporting young musicians, and his devotion to
sharing his joy of music. Formerly known as OTPAAM (Orchestra Training Program for African American
Musicians), the fellowship program was begun in the 2007-2008 season to promote diversity in orchestra
settings to better reflect the diverse communities and audiences the orchestra serves.