The Debut Fellows Program


Finalists will be chosen by a panel that is representative of the communities and populations we serve.

In the first year of the pilot program, Fellows will receive specialized and expert professional development in areas such as community engagement, music education and experience as social justice, artist citizenry as well as communication and organization building skills. Fellows will travel to and interact with the schools, sites, communities and populations we currently serve.

In the second year of the program fellows will present proposals for projects that will serve one or several of the communities or populations with which we work. We will encourage that one these projects be centered on providing an engaging, interactive concert experience with an orchestral ensemble as the primary vehicle.

How to Apply
The Debut Fellows Program will be open to all orchestral musicians, conductors, composers, artists and those working in the areas of citizen artistry and community engagement. Applicants must possess and undergraduate degree. Please check back for specific application details such as deadline, application procedures, etc.

The Transition
The Debut Orchestra will no longer be an ongoing, independent program with a defined concert season.

If and when an ensemble is constituted for a large-scale project created by a Debut Fellow, it will be called the Debut Orchestra as a tribute the rich history of the program.


The Debut Fellows Program was created with the guidance of Vijay Gupta, former Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist, 2018 MacArthur Fellow, speaker and nationally acclaimed advocate for artistic voices in social issues. As YMF’s Senior Program and Artistic Advisor, he will be involved all aspects of the Debut Fellows Program.

The pilot Debut Fellows Program will be a 2-year fellowship open to orchestral musicians, composers, conductors, and teaching artists. The primary focus of the program is to help create leading artist citizens who will bring the knowledge and experiences gained in this program with them throughout their professional lives, creating and contributing to community engagement programs and other areas of service along the way.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

For further information and additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact: 
Walter Zooi, Executive Director at (323) 987-0065 or

Anne Akiko Meyers
Betty Lou Gross

Lawrence N. Field
Riko Method School of Piano