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Fellowships

The James M. Collier Orchestral Fellowship Program provides aspiring violinists, violists, and cellists with the unique opportunity to explore professional career paths for musicians in the 21st century. Under the baton of Music Director & Conductor Teddy Abrams and Fellowship Program Director, Alexandra Preucil, all orchestral fellows will:

  • Rehearse and perform as part of the Britt Festival Orchestra.
  • Form a string quartet and perform in the southern Oregon community.
  • Receive coaching, mentorship, and private lessons from Fellowship Program Director, Alexandra Preucil.

THE 2023 FELLOWSHIPS WILL BEGIN ON JUNE 8TH AND CONCLUDE ON JULY 3RD

Each fellow is provided with a stipend of $1,300 for living expenses during the fellowship period, a $750 travel reimbursement (cartage assistance available for cello), and housing. 

Who May Apply

Anyone who is 18 years or older who is 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 either a YouTube link or a downloadable mp4, full-body video recording of the required excerpts.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2023 • FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS OFFERED: APRIL 1, 2023


Required Audition Excerpts:

Click on the links below for excerpt instructions.

Learn more about the program from our 2022 Fellows

Fellows

Where Are They Now?

James M. Collier Orchestra Fellows Alumnists:

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

Viola:
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

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

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

Ellen Reid:

Conducting Fellow

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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 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, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming composers. Since 2019, she has served as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

In 2020, she created Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK, a work of public art that reimagines city parks as interactive soundscapes. SOUNDWALK premiered in New York’s Central Park, featuring the New York Philharmonic, and continues to expand to parks around the world, fostering collaborations with ensembles such as Kronos Quartet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ellen received her BFA from Columbia College, 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.

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