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The Zander Fellowship is an endowed scholarship that was established in 1999 by the Boston Philharmonic's Board of Directors on the occasion of Benjamin Zander's 60th birthday, in recognition of a lifetime of contribution to the world of music.

The fellowship offers a young musician an apprenticeship with Mr. Zander for one concert season, and a stipend of $25,000. It provides an opportunity to learn from Mr. Zander at close quarters by attending rehearsals, meetings and his classes at the Walnut Hill School and the New England Conservatory.

Jolly Good Fellows"An open mind, desire to learn, and a passion for life as well as music are pre-requisites for anyone applying for the Zander fellowship of he Boston Philharmonic Orchestra... There is no other endowed scholarship anywhere which offers a young conductor this unique combination of music, business and teaching opportunities."
- Sue Fox, Classical Music
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The fellowship offers a young musician an apprenticeship with Mr. Zander for one concert season, and a stipend of $25,000. It provides an opportunity to learn from Mr. Zander at close quarters by attending rehearsals, meetings and his classes at the Walnut Hill School and the New England Conservatory. The Zander Fellow will learn first-hand the distinctive musical philosophy and business practices that make the Boston Philharmonic and its conductor so unique. The Fellowship is meant to be a transforming experience for a young musician and to launch a career that will make a difference to our cultural life.

The Fellowship consists of three discrete but related parts:

  1. A learning opportunity with Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic (stipend $10,000)

  2. Assistant to Mr. Zander for his musical and teaching activities (stipend $10,000). Visit benjaminzander.com for more information about Benjamin Zander.

  3. The responsibility to co-ordinate a community music partnership between , a professional music group, and the Walnut Hill School (a high school for the Performing Arts) that brings concerts to Old People's Homes and Hospitals.(stipend $5,000)

Recipients of the fellowship to date:

2006/07 - Christopher James Lees
2004/05 - John Page
2003/04 - John Page
2002/03 - Jonathan James
2001/02 - James Lowe
2000/01 - James Gaffigan

Applications may be obtained by contacting:

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
295 Huntington Avenue, Suite 210,
Boston, MA 02115

by phone 617-236-0999
fax 617-236-8613
e-mail office@bostonphil.org 

Applicants should include with the application form a resume, a video of themselves conducting, and may include other supporting materials, however the decision will rest principally on the contents of their application. There is no age limit set on the Zander Fellowship. However, the award is for "an aspiring conductor" and the award will only be made to someone who fulfills this description.

The Zander Fellow will be expected to devote most of their time to the Fellowship and therefore it is not suitable for someone in full or part time education.

The Boston Philharmonic thanks the following individuals for their generous support towards the endowment of Zander Fellowship:

Kathy Adam and The Charles E. Harwood Trust; Lola & Charles Baldwin, III; Deborah & Larry Chud; Carl & Armenne Derderian; Kathleen Emrich & Robert Sherwood; Frank & Mitzi Ferguson; The D+L Foundation; Constance & Michael Fulenwider; The Goldberg Foundation; Graham & Ann Gund; Francis & Elizabeth Hunnewell; William & Sinesia Karol; Robbie & Joe Deitch; Dr. & Mrs. Louis Meeks; John L. & Janet E. Pattillo; Seymour & Sylvia Rothchild; Lois & Norman Silverman; David Strand; Stephen Symchych; Richard J. Trant; Elizabeth G. Vestner; Murray Wheeler, Jr.; Sharon P. & Richard C. Whiteley; Elsie & Patrick R. Wilmerding; Marilyn H. Zuckerman

If you would like to support the Zander Fellowship, please send your gift to the office or contact
Rod Birtles at 617-236-0999.

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