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Collaborative Piano Fellowship

There are no fellowship openings for the fall of 2018

Program description

The Collaborative Piano Fellowship offers the opportunity to three outstanding pianists to further their training in collaborative piano and to work with Yale School of Music instrumental students and faculty. Fellows should have extensive knowledge of standard repertoire to be able to provide coaching and insight to the YSM students they work with. The Fellows will be integrated and active members of the School of Music community and for this reason should reside in New Haven.

Concurrent to the goal of obtaining practical training while at the School of Music, Collaborative Piano Fellow program is structured to allow individuals to occasionally be able pursue a limited amount of concert and competition activities with prior approval from the Dean or Deputy Dean, while being active members of the Yale School of Music community, connecting with the public through performances, teaching, outreach, and other creative and collaborative channels.

The Yale School of Music invites applications from pianists who have completed a Master’s degree or higher in either solo piano or collaborative piano within the past five years. Individuals enrolled in a degree program for the 2017-18 academic year are not eligible to apply.

The appointment offers the following:
  • one-year residency, renewable for a second year
  • stipend of $30,000
  • health benefits
  • an average of twenty hours of accompaniment weekly for recitals, masterclasses, lessons, and studio seminars
  • coachings with Yale School of Music instrumental faculty
  • fellows will provide coaching to YSM instrumental students in areas of interpretation, voicing, and musical leadership
  • one applicant with demonstrated administrative experience will be designated as a Senior Fellow to coordinate collaboration assignments for an additional stipend
There are no fellowship openings for the fall of 2018.


Application materials

As part of the online application, the applicant must include: As part of the online application, the applicant must include:

  • curriculum vitae*
  • two letters of recommendation
  • pre-screening recordings
  • application fee: $80

*Curriculum vitae should address your musical background and any employment or administrative experience

Pre-screening and Audition Repertoire

Pre-screening Recordings (video strongly preferred)

  • with an instrumentalist, two contrasting movements of different styles from different periods
  • one piece for solo piano

Audition Repertoire
Applicants should be available for a live audition in New Haven. Specific repertoire will be provided upon invitation to audition such as:

  • one piece with a string player
  • one piece with a wind player
  • one piece for solo piano

Application Instructions

When selecting the application type, please choose “2018 Collaborative Piano Fellowship.”

Collaborative Piano Fellowship applicants do not need to submit TOEFL scores or academic transcripts.