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VSO Fellowship Program

Professional Development for Black Musicians

Introducing our 2024-25 Fellows

Meet the 2024 Fellows

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Camille Jones

Camille Jones

Avery Robinson

Adrian Jackson

Jafet Martin - 24/25 VSO Fellow

Jafet Díaz Martin

Camille Jones

Camille Jones

Returning Violin

A passionate collaborator and advocate for diversity in the arts, Camille has worked with various festival orchestras and chamber groups, including the National Orchestral Institute and Festival (NOI + F), Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Next Festival of Emerging Artists.

As a 2019 Sphinx Orchestral Futurist Fellow, she has helped commission works and curate a professional development workshop for K-12 students in Prince George’s County, Maryland.This project piloted what is now the K12 New Music Initiative, a commissioning project to expand the repertoire of K12 orchestras with music by BIPOC composers. In the Fall of 2018, she curated Voices Unheard, a concert series at UMD that celebrated works by women composers and composers of color. In addition, she had the opportunity to collaborate with esteemed cello professor Anthony Elliott for a concert series at the Kerrytown Concerthouse titled Passing the Torch in 2021 and 2022. Camille is establishing herself as a freelance artist in the Michigan area as well, having performed for singer Michael Bublé, rapper Big Sean and Darren Criss. She has also served as a teaching artist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles as well as the Sphinx Overture program in Detroit.

Camille received her B.M. in Violin Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park and a M.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, having studied under Danielle Belen.

Adrian Jackson - 24/25 VSO Fellow

Adrian Jackson

Viola

Hailing from Austin Texas, Violist Adrian Jackson began studying viola at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin Texas at the age of 14. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Adrian went onto earn his bachelor’s degree studying with professor George Taylor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY. Adrian has also earned a Professional Studies Certificate at the San Francisco Conservatory studying with Professor Johnathan Vinocour. Adrian is the winner of the 2018 Texas Strings festival Rising Stars Competition, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Fellowship and the Denis De Coteau Fellowship.

Adrian has served as Section Violist of the Southern Tier Symphony, Principal violist of the New York State Ballet Orchestra, Substitute in the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, San Francisco Ballet and the recipient of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Fellowship.

Adrian has attended esteemed festivals such as the Castleman Quartet Program, Credo Quartet Fellowship program, the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Chautauqua institute.

Jafet Martin - 24/25 VSO Fellow

Jafet Díaz Martin

Trumpet

Born in Panama, Jafet Díaz Martin is a versatile trumpet player, teacher, and arranger. A former member of the Panama Municipal Symphonic Band. Jafet has also performed as a guest musician with the National Symphony Orchestra of Panama, the Palm Beach Symphony, Boca Symphonia, Seraphic Fire, Camerata Panama, and the Panama Jazz Festival Big Band. In 2020, Jafet was a finalist in the Next Generation Trumpet Competition, and in 2023, he won first prize in the National Society of Arts and Letters Collaborative Piano and Brass Duo Competition. Jafet has attended the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and has previously participated in the International Trumpet Festival in Costa Rica, the Integrated Symphonic Band of the Americas in Colombia, and the Alfredo Saint Malo Festival in Panama. Jafet attended the University of Panama for his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, and the Lynn University Conservatory of Music for his Master of Music in the studio of Marc Reese. When he is not practicing, Jafet enjoys running, playing soccer, going to the beach, and reading.