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The 2021 Fellowship Program and all associated community outreach activities will be rescheduled for the summer of 2022. All of the fellows chosen for the 2020 season will be offered a Fellowship position in the 2022 season. If any fellows are unable to accept, we will post audition information to fill those positions in January of 2022.

Congratulations to the 2020 Fellows!

chung fellow 2020

Tiffany Chung - Violin, USC Thornton School of Music

Violinist Tiffany Chung has performed across the United States and Europe as an orchestral and chamber musician. She has served as principal of the American Youth Symphony and the USC Thornton Symphony, and has performed with the New World Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Downey Symphony Orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, performing under conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Stephane Deneve.

Tiffany regularly performs with Street Symphony, a Los Angeles based music organization which aims to create and share music with the Skid Row community. She is also an avid proponent of contemporary music and regularly performs with USC’s contemporary ensemble, Thorton Edge. Read More

buhler fellow 2020Jacob Buhler - Violin, Eastman School of Music

Violinist Jacob Buhler has performed all over the United States in many different ensembles. Buhler has been an orchestral fellow with the National Orchestral Institute and Festival (which recorded an all-American music album with NAXOS that was nominated for a Grammy in 2019), served in many of the orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival and School, including the renowned Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and in a recital featuring Sarah Chang, and serves as a concertmaster with the Eastman Philharmonia. Buhler is also a sub with the New World Symphony.

In addition to his modern violin performance, Buhler also plays the Baroque violin. He has performed with the Rochester Early Music Festival and NYS Baroque. He has performed as a soloist with the Eastman Collegium Musicum. Read More

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Erica Schwartz - Viola, Rice University Shepherd School of Music

Violist Erica Schwartz is originally from Albany, New York. An active orchestral musician, she has been part of many ensembles, including the Portsmouth Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and additionally has has been playing as a regular substitute musician with the Houston Symphony since May 2019. Recent highlights include performances of the solo viola role in Strauss’ Don Quixote at Rice University, and participation in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Program. She is also a committed chamber musician and recitalist, and has given solo and chamber performances in venues such as NEC's Jordan Hall, Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall, and the National Opera Center in New York City. Ms. Schwartz has appeared at festivals such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Kneisel Hall and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency. Read More

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Cecelia Swanson - Cello, Cleveland Institute of Music

Cecelia Swanson, cello, is currently living in Cleveland, OH while pursuing her Masters degree in Cello Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music with teacher, Sharon Robinson. Cecelia grew up in Minneapolis, MN where she was exposed to a wide variety of music. In the last 10 years, Cecelia has sung in a jazz duo, played in an indie duo (Ruth & Rosie), a bluegrass band (The Ridgelings), recorded on a hip hop album, performed in numerous chamber ensembles, and in 2018 was appointed Assistant Principal Cello of the Amarillo (TX) Symphony. This diverse background has had a profound influence on her musical expression, which contains a multitude of colors and sounds she’s collected from these experiences. Read More

BFO: James M. Collier Orchestral Fellowships

All orchestral fellows will rehearse and perform as part of our Britt Festival Orchestra, form a string quartet and create a chamber program to perform in the southern Oregon community, and receive coaching, mentorship, and private lessons from Fellowship Artistic Advisor and Mentor, Alexandra Preucil.

The program dates of the 2022 fellowship program will be announced in January.

Each fellow is provided with a stipend of $1,000 for living expenses during the fellowship period, a $750 travel reimbursement (cartage assistance available for cello), and housing.

"Here at RVM, our residents always appreciate entertainment from the outside. We feel fortunate that Britt has a fellowship program that brings music to all ages, and that we were the recipients of this program.  You are talented musicians and played with much spirit, enthusiasm, and dedication which brought much joy to the audience..."
~ The RV Manor Entertainment Committee

Who May Apply   

Anyone who is 18 years or older currently pursuing their degree in music, and does not currently hold a position in a major orchestra.

How To Apply

  • Provide a current CV
  • Provide at least 2 letters of recommendation from a professor and/or private instructor.
  • Provide a single page cover letter outlining the reasons for your interest in and readiness for this program, addressing the following questions:
    • What are your personal and professional goals as an artist?
    • What role does the contemporary musician play in the community both as a musician and as a teaching artist?
  • Provide recorded audition excerpts (details available via the links below).

Required Audition Excerpts:

Click on the links below for excerpt instructions.

Where Are They Now?

James M. Collier Orchestra Fellows Alumnists:

Learn more about where our past Orchestra Fellows are now - click here.

Alicia Keener - Texas Tech University
Lauren Culver - Eugene Symphony Orchestra Graduate Teaching Fellowship, she is both a section member of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and a teacher at the Community Music Institute
Michael Zahlit - Wisconsin Philharmonic - Section Principal

Dianna Joiner - Canton Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra/ Baldwin Wallace Conservatory - Faculty
Zoe Merrill -  Lincoln Center Stage artist/substitute New World Symphony and Symphoria

Nini Liao - Texas Christian University
Kira Weiss - Graduate School at UCSB studying ethnomusicology
Jennifer Jordan -  Orchestra Next - Eugene Ballet Company

Ellen Reid:

Conducting/Composition Fellow

Ellen Reid by James Matthew Daniel

Photo courtesy of James Matthew Daniel

Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she was awarded the the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m.

Along with composer Missy Mazzoli, Ellen co-founded the Luna Composition Lab. Luna Lab is a mentorship program for young, female-identifying, non-binary, and gender nonconforming composers. Since the fall of 2019, she has served as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Ellen received her BFA from Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. She is inspired by music from all over the globe, and she splits her time between her two favorite cities – Los Angeles and New York. Her music is released on Decca Gold.

“Reid, in a word, has arrived” - LA Times