The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has launched an orchestra fellows programme in partnership with Sphinx, the non-profit organisation that promotes diversity in the arts. The fellowship will offer a year of mentoring and performance opportunities to Black and Latino instrumentalists.

The first fellow is violinist Tami Lee Hughes (left), originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She will perform with the orchestra in concerts throughout the season, participate in the orchestra's education and community engagement projects, and be mentored by orchestra violinists Ivan Stefanovic and Gregory Kuperstein.  

Hughes has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, among other US orchestras. Her debut solo recital disc, featuring music by African-American composers, was released in 2011. She has taught at the University of Kansas, Marygrove College, Interlochen, and the Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts. She also performs outreach programmes at public schools.