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2020 Fellows will be announced on March 16th!

BFO: James M. Collier Orchestral 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 Teddy Abrams and direction of Artistic Advisor and Mentor Alexandra Preucil all orchestral fellows will:

  • Rehearse and perform as part of our Britt Festival Orchestra
  • Form a string quartet and perform in the southern Oregon community.
  • Receive coaching, mentorship, and private lessons from members of the Britt Festival Orchestra.

The 2020 fellowships will begin on July 20th and end on August 16th.
(Click on a position below to see audition requirements for the 2020 fellows)

Each fellow is provided with a stipend of $1,000 for living expenses during the fellowship period, a $600 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:

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 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