EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians

The EQT Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians (OTPAAM) is a two year pre-professional program designed to enable one young African American musician to dedicate him/herself to the pursuit of an orchestral career. This program is open to all standard orchestral instruments (except keyboard). The selected musician spends two seasons immersed in the working environment of the PSO and studies with members of the orchestra to train and prepare for professional auditions and performance opportunities.  Our 2011-2013 EQT OTPAAM fellow, Ryan Murphy, won a cello position with the San Antonio Symphony in 2012. The winner of the 2013 – 2015 fellowship is Adedeji Ogunfolu, a horn player, who also won a position with the San Antonio Symphony during his first year of the fellowship. The 2015-2017 EQT OTPAAM fellow, Torrell Moss, a percussionist, has been accepted as an Artist Diploma candidate at Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

EQT OTPAAM is part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Diversity Plan which through leadership recruitment, professional development and programming promotes diversity in orchestra settings to better reflect the diverse communities and audiences that orchestras serve. EQT OTPAAM is made possible in part by the generosity of Milton and Nancy Washington and the EQT Foundation.

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2017-2019 Fellow – Joshua Jones
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra named percussionist Joshua Jones as its seventh EQT OTPAAM Fellow.

Joshua has been playing drums since the age of three. From accompanying church choirs to performing at Carnegie Hall, he has shared his passion for music with many people. Joshua began taking private lessons through the Chicago Symphony's Percussion Scholarship Program at the age of ten, and he continued his education at DePaul University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has now authored a percussion method book series, "Spatial Studies for Hitting Things", and writes musical and philosophical blogs on his website, drummojo.com. Joshua enjoys giving back to the community as well as mentoring young musicians and traveling.

During his fellowship, Joshua regularly performed and studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Shortly after the start of his fellowship, Joshua won a position with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Percussion.