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Request a Collaborative Pianist

Collaborative Piano Fellowship

For the 2019-2020 academic year, three Collaborative Piano Fellows will be in residence at the Yale School of Music. Collaborative Piano Fellows are made available to YSM instrumental students for master classes, lessons, studio seminars, degree recitals and, when possible, for non-degree and informal recitals performed at Yale. Collaborative Piano Fellows are made available to faculty to accompany lessons, studio seminars, or master classes at Yale. Because the number of collaborative pianists is limited, it is important to make arrangements as early as possible and to limit the amount of time each collaborative pianist spends on individual events.

Requests for Pianists

All requests for pianists should be sent to the collaborative piano coordinator. In your request, please include the date and time of event(s), repertoire, and be prepared to provide the score as soon as possible.  Degree recitals will be given priority; all assignments for non-degree and informal recitals will be made after the deadline for degree recitals.

requests for pianists must be received by the following deadlines:

Lesson, studio seminar, or masterclass playing standard repertoire: 7 days in advance
Lesson, studio seminar, or masterclass playing non-standard repertoire: 2 weeks in advance
Fall semester degree, non-degree, or informal recital: October 7, 2019
Spring semester degree, non-degree, or informal recital: December 6, 2019
Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition: 3 weeks in advance of department preliminary

Repertoire for recitals in which an assigned pianist is playing must be provided as soon as possible and must be finalized at least 4 weeks in advance.  Requests received after the stated deadlines will be considered, but are not guaranteed to be fulfilled.

collaborative piano fellow duties (maximum) are:

  • 1 hour of rehearsal per lesson, studio seminar, or masterclass
  • 4-5 hours of additional rehearsal per recital (as needed)
  • 1 dress rehearsal


Other Requests

Requests for collaborative pianists for audio or video recordings or off-campus competitions will be treated as private engagements and will be paid for by the student. You may contact the individual pianists for their rates.

Accompanying Requirement for Piano Majors

  • All piano majors are required to play for at least one instrumental or vocal recital per academic year without pay as part of the departmental major. Priority will be given to degree recitals. Pianists must play all pieces that require piano accompaniment on a recital to fulfill this requirement.
  • Pianists who are accompanying a recital for departmental major credit will play all rehearsals (including dress rehearsal), lessons, master classes, and studio lessons without pay In extenuating circumstances that require more than 15 hours of rehearsal, hours worked above 15 hours can be paid with approval from the Deputy Dean.
  • 15 hours of general accompaniment cannot be substituted for accompanying a recital.
  • To fulfill this requirement, you must notify Heekyung Lee in advance and provide a program after the recital is complete to receive credit.


Paid Accompanying for Students

Paid accompanying for recitals, master classes, lessons, etc. from work-study or casual wage funds may be taken on by piano majors. After pianists have completed at least one recital credit at YSM, they may only receive work-study compensation for accompaniment that has been assigned by the collaborative piano coordinator. When additional pianists are needed, the collaborative piano coordinator will contact students who would like to take on paid accompanying. Information on tracking hours and obtaining payment are available from the collaborative piano coordinator. There is a maximum of 10 work study hours available per recital; in extenuating circumstances, additional hours may be approved by the Deputy Dean.