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Meet our 2022 Fellows

Jacob Buhler

Jacob Buhler - Violin

Jacob earned his Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Eastman School of Music and his Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Starting this August, Jacob will join The Orchestra Now as a violin fellow, where he will be working towards an Advanced Certificate. As a recipient of an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, Buhler is an advocate for serving the community with music.

Stephanie BonkStephanie Bonk - Violin

Stephanie graduated from the Eastman School of Music with her Bachelor of Music degree, with high distinction. She is completing her Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature at Eastman, and is looking forward to starting a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree next fall. Stephanie has performed in Vienna, Austria and Limeria, Brazil.

Valentina Pulido PardoValentina Pulido Pardo – Viola

Valentina received her Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the National University of Colombia, and is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree, specializing in Chamber Music, at Kent State University. Previously, she studied at the Conservatory of Igabué and has performed in Europe, Central America and Colombia as a member of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia.

Tatum HodgsonTatum Hodgson – Cello

Tatum is currently completing her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is the Assistant Principal Cello for the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, was previously the Principal Cello in the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, and has won several concerto and solo competitions.

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 are June 10 through July 3.

Without exception, all fellows will be required to show proof of their current Covid vaccination status in order to participate in the program.

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).

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

Gabriel Kahane:

Conducting Fellow

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Photo by Josh Goleman

Gabriel Kahane is a musician and storyteller whose work increasingly exists at the intersection of art and social practice. As a composer, he has been commissioned by many of America’s leading arts institutions, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Public Theater, which in 2012 presented his musical February House.

A frequent collaborator across a range of musical communities, Gabriel has worked with an array of artists including Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Phoebe Bridgers, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

In 2019, Kahane was named the inaugural Creative Chair for the Oregon Symphony, following the premiere in Portland of his oratorio emergency shelter intake form, co-commissioned by the Britt Festival Orchestra. The work explores inequality in America through the lens of housing issues. The piece was released as an album in March of 2020 and is scheduled for performance by half a dozen other American orchestras in the coming years.

Kahane’s discography also includes 2014’s The Ambassador, which received an acclaimed staging at BAM, directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner John Tiffany; an album of chamber music, The Fiction Issue, with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and vocalist/composer Shara Nova; a recording with The Knights of his orchestral song cycle Crane Palimpsest; as well as the original cast album for February House.