Dates & Deadlines


Sep 15, 2019
Online application opens

Dec 1, 2019
Applications due

Jan 17, 2020 (latest)
Prescreening results will be emailed to all applicants

March 1, 2020
Live auditions
by invitation only

March 20, 2020
Admissions decisions sent by email

April 15, 2020
Deadline for admitted students to respond to admissions offers


[ how to apply ]

Collaborative Piano Fellowship

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, the Collaborative Piano Fellow program is structured to allow individuals to occasionally be able pursue a limited amount of outside concert and competition activities with prior approval from the Dean or Deputy Dean, while also being active members of the Yale School of Music community, connecting with the public through performances, teaching, doing outreach, and participating in 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 upcoming 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

Application materials

A completed online application is due on Sunday, December 1, 2019. As part of the online application, the applicant must include the following:

  • curriculum vitae*
  • two (2) letters of recommendation
  • pre-screening recordings
  • application fee: $80

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

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

Prescreening and Audition Repertoire

Prescreening 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 on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Specific repertoire, likely adhering to the following guidelines, will be provided with the audition invitation:

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