Collaborative Piano

9 fellow openings per summer

Faculty & Teaching Artists

Nine Collaborative Piano fellows experience an in-depth exploration of the vast instrumental repertoire, focusing on general concepts of successful partnering, technical and pianistic concerns, building repertoire, and keys to professional development including: resumes, repertoire lists, and stage decorum. Curriculum covers a wide range of literature, including sonatas and duos, orchestral reductions, and character pieces. Pianists enjoy many training and performance opportunities, including the Duo Competition.

Duo Competition

Duo Competition

This new competition sends a winning duo to perform on a recital tour.

The winners, selected by an esteemed panel of professionals, are presented with a $5,000 cash prize each and will perform on a recital tour. Last year’s jurors included Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Associate Director of Artistic Planning Phillippa Cole, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Keyboardist Joanne Pearce Martin.


Training & Performance Opportunities

Training & Performance Opportunities

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Weekly masterclass instruction
  • Regular collaboration with instrumental fellows
  • Option to attend the Vocal Piano and Solo Piano masterclasses
  • Frequent interaction with the Academy’s outstanding instrumental faculty
  • Weekly masterclass performance opportunity
  • Various keyboard parts in Music Academy orchestral concerts

Audition & Repertoire Requirements

Application Deadline

2020 Collaborative Piano Program / Jan 6, 2020 THIS DEADLINE HAS PASSED

Audition Requirements

Collaborative Piano applicants must apply online and perform a live audition in either New York City or Santa Barbara, CA.
See Audition Schedule for details.

Auditions are 15-20 minutes each. Applicants must use Music Academy instrumental partners. There will be no exceptions made for substitution of partners. Partners are not available for rehearsal time prior to the auditions.

Three components of the audition

  1. Prepared audition repertoire (an Orchestra Reduction and Sonata) as outlined within the Audition Repertoire link
  2. Brief interview
  3. A piece determined prior to the audition will be chosen from an applicant’s full repertoire list. This piece will be given to each applicant one half hour prior to the audition which must be played at the audition

Audition Repertoire

Orchestral Reduction
Choose one of the following concertos

  • Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 2, G Minor, Op. 63, Mvt 1
  • Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations (complete work)
  • Copland: Clarinet Concerto (all movements)

Choose one of the following sonatas; applicant must be prepared to play the entire work

  • Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”)
  • Beethoven, Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
  • Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1
  • Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
  • Schumann: Fantasy Pieces (all movements)

Audition Locations & Schedule

Application Form