Handel and Haydn Society Announces New Fellowship

By Francisco Salazar

The Handel and Haydn Society has announced the H+H Stone Fellowship, a prestigious fellowship for emerging musicians pursuing careers in period instrument performance of Baroque and Classical music.

The new Fellowship will foster the development of early-career musicians whose socio-cultural identities have been historically underrepresented in the field. The fellowship will be possible through a transformative $1 million gift from the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

It will also provide an exceptional two-year learning experience, including performances, mentorship, and training with H+H musicians and partners at the New England Conservatory. Fellows will participate in H+H’s vibrant orchestra and be a part of Boston’s thriving music community.

In a statement, Jim and Cathy Stone said “We are proud to support this groundbreaking project which will increase access and provide opportunities for new musicians on the H+H stage. Our association with H+H goes back many years, and we have seen the organization grow and thrive, impacting more and more people each year. H+H is a special Boston institution with a unique history, and the music connects with audiences in profound ways. With our gift, we encourage H+H’s efforts to be more inclusive and welcoming, through all its programs in and around Boston, for every generation.”

The Handel and Haydn Society will begin recruiting nationally for the inaugural cohort for 2023-2025.