Orchestra Training Program for African American Musicians

The 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 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 OTPAAM fellow, Torrell Moss, a percussionist, has been accepted as an Artist Diploma candidate at Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

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. This program is made possible by the generosity of Milton and Nancy Washington, and support from the EQT Foundation. Pittsburgh Symphony Learning & Community Engagement programs are supported by generous grants from Lincoln Learning Solutions, The Jack Buncher Foundation, the Allegheny Regional Asset District, and the Pennsylvania Tourism Office.

2019-2021 Fellow - Shantanique Moore
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra named Shantanique Moore, flutist, as its eighth OTPAAM Fellow.

Shantanique Moore is an accomplished musician and flute instructor. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, among others. Moore is the winner of First Prize in the Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition (2016), the Southern Great Lakes Concerto Competition (2013), and the Wayne State Concerto Competition (2012). She is a graduate of Wayne State University (Master of Music, Flute Performance; Bachelor of Music, Flute Performance).

An advocate for promoting musicianship and flute playing, Moore has served as secretary on the board of directors of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association, and as the Flute Choir director.