Open Auditions for the Gathering Orchestra

Since its inception the legacy of Jazz has been transmitted across generations of musicians through mentors, seasoned veterans taking the “up and comers” under their wings , giving them an opportunity to learn and play together while creating new work and advancing the art form. the Carr Center, following the vision of  brilliant jazz artist, composer and educator, Geri Allen, formalized and institutionalized this tradition and thus, The Gathering Orchestra was born, in October 2017.

the Carr Center is currently accepting applications for the next class of, The Gathering Orchestra, a two-year fellowship program, under the artistic direction of renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker, former member of the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra, Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University and Carr Center Resident Artist.

The Gathering is comprised of 4 seasoned jazz veterans and 14 emerging and highly talented young musicians, (ages 18 – 32). Fellows rehearse and perform with their mentors on standards, large ensemble classics, new music and their own original compositions. The fellowship also includes serving as the Carr Center house band during the season, as well as headlining their own concerts in Detroit.

For more information about The Gathering Orchestra fellowship application process and/or To Create An Account and Submit Your Application for Consideration, click below.