Project Inclusion

A partnership with the Chicago Sinfonietta to provide professional development opportunities for promising young musicians.

About Project Inclusion Fellows

Project Inclusion is a unique training opportunity for singers and string players from diverse backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the symphonic orchestral and choral world. The program aims to increase diversity among orchestra ensembles and guide young musicians toward successful professional careers in music.

Outstanding young career professionals are hand-selected by the Festival to rehearse and perform as part of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, and receive one-on-one mentoring from seasoned orchestra musicians. Project Inclusion fellows also perform at community concerts in neighborhoods around the city and take part in workshops and demonstrations for Classical Campers.

Concerts at Chicago Park District venues are part of the Mayor Emanuel's Night Out in the Parks.

Quotes From Past Fellows

"Playing in all the different parks all over Chicago was such a lovely way to experience the city and to feel as though our music was having a real impact on the different communities in Chicago. I think it's such a fantastic was to share what we do with places that wouldn't otherwise be exposed to classical music." —2016 Project Inclusion Fellow

"I really loved the fact that the quartet performed so many times together. I feel as though it really helped us become a tight-knit ensemble more quickly and taught us how to deal with different circumstances. It gave us each the skill of being efficient with the time we had to learn our own parts as well as a quartet." —2016 Project Inclusion Fellow

“The biggest takeaway is confidence and connections. Confidence that I am totally capable of playing in a professional orchestra and connection to a network of professional musicians who I have gotten to know and build a rapport with. This will definitely help with winning a job and getting more opportunities to play professionally in the future.” —2013 Project Inclusion Fellow