Are you ambitious to have a positive impact on the way professional music organisations connect with communities? Do you have the commitment to start your career through practice-led study guided by mentors from the music, operatic and academic sectors?

A Pettman DARE Fellowship in Music Education Project Management could be for you.

A Pettman DARE Fellowship in Music Education Project Management provides early career professionals in music engagement with a year of practice-led research in the Education department at Opera North and at the University of Leeds, before progressing to the next stage in their career.

The Fellowship runs for twelve months from September and is accredited as a Post-Graduate Diploma from the University of Leeds.

Two Fellowships are awarded each year, one for a UK citizen and one for a New Zealand citizen.  The Fellow from New Zealand spends nine months in the UK and the gains the final three months experience at New Zealand Opera in Auckland.

Applications for the 2019/20 Fellowship are now closed.  The 2020/21 Fellowships will open for applications in May 2020.

Click here for information about the Fellowship for a UK or EEA citizen.

Click here for the information about the Fellowship for a New Zealand citizen.

“The Pettman DARE Fellowship provided me with an incredible foundation of knowledge, skills and experience, which I now use in my role as Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Royal Albert Hall.” Eleanor Jones, Pettman DARE Fellow 2017/18

“I have witnessed first-hand how participation in the arts impacts individuals and small groups of people. I am now learning how to deliver projects with the same positive impact but on a much larger scale, through such a highly regarded national arts organisation as Opera North.” Hannah Greenwood, Pettman DARE Fellow 2018/19

“I’m proud to be a part of the Pettman DARE Fellowship legacy that has supported and enabled so many aspiring musicians, music educators, directors and arts leaders to pursue their passion for the arts.” Marcus Norman, Pettman DARE Fellow 2015/16. Now Artist Development Manager, Southbank Sinfonia

“I have witnessed first-hand how participation in the arts impacts individuals and small groups of people. I am now learning how to deliver projects with the same positive impact but on a much larger scale, through such a highly regarded national arts organisation as Opera North.” Hannah Greenwood, Pettman DARE Fellow 2018/19

“Having dipped my toe into music outreach activity through Manchester University Music Society I knew this was a vocation I wanted to explore.  The opportunity to gain experience and make a contribution at a national opera company with a large Education team is exceptional, particularly as it is supported with academic research and an accredited Diploma. My experience strengthened my commitment to a career in music education.” Mary Mulloy, Pettman DARE Fellow 2016/17. Now Music and Education Coordinator, Harrogate International Festivals.

“The Fellowship enabled me to learn what music and performance really mean for communities and individuals. I’m now giving back as a teacher in Aotearoa New Zealand in ways that I wouldn’t be able to comprehend before my time in Leeds.”  Hugo Zanker, Pettman DARE Fellow 2011/12

Some of our former Fellows share their experience and tips: –

2018/19: Blaire White

2017/18: Ellie Jones (17/18) and Hannah Greenwood (18/19)

2017/18: Callum Blackmore

2016/17: Adam Thompson and Mary Mulloy.

2014/15: Gemma Lee

2010/13: Hedda Oosterhoff, Hugo Zanker, Chris Clark

The Scholarships are fully funded through the generous support of Mrs Maureen Pettman and the late Professor Barrie Pettman through the Opera North Future Fund.  The Pettman Dare Fellowship programme is delivered through DARE, a unique partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds in the UK.  DARE is joined by New Zealand Opera and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

 If you have any questions please contact DARE Manager Lesley Patrick, Lesley@dareyou.org.uk

Opera North and the University of Leeds are committed to diversity in all aspects of our recruitment and employment practices. We actively welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, including Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities who are currently underrepresented in the workforce. To support this commitment and to help us develop our policies and procedures, we ask all Fellowship applicants to complete our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form.

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