Collaborative Piano

9 fellow openings per summer

Faculty & Teaching Artists

The Music Academy of the West is the leading source to develop artists of impact and advance the development of the next generation of great classically trained musicians. Join us for our milestone 75th Anniversary season in 2022!

This Festival really makes you feel valued, appreciated, and supported throughout the summer and the rest of your career.

— Music Academy fellow

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

The winners, selected by an esteemed panel of professionals, are presented with a $5,000 cash prize each and will perform in a Santa Barbara recital, in early 2023, presented by the Music Academy in Santa Barbara (travel, lodging, and per-diem for each winner). Winners will also receive:

  • Up to $1,000 to support innovative possibilities for this Music Academy performance (for example, projections, special lighting, etc.)
  • Coaching with Music Academy faculty, in preparation for this performance
  • When possible, additional digital performances and community engagement activities
  • Each competition will have a commission by a noted composer, to be premiered in Santa Barbara
  • Industry introductions and networking meetings with presenters, management, and media professionals
  • Digital assets (recordings and photos) for career promotion


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

Wellness Program

Wellness Program

Take advantage of wellness resources including exercise, yoga, counseling, and physical therapy.

Audition & Repertoire Requirements

Application Form

Application Deadline

Application deadlines are through 11:59 pm Pacific Time

2022 Collaborative Piano Program / January 15, 2022 (late applications being considered)

Audition Requirements

NEW AUDITION PROCESS! Virtual Live Auditions
(no live auditions)

Audition Repertoire: Two (2) selections
Two contrasting movements from two standard sonatas (one movement from each sonata). Stand-alone works may be substituted
*duo works only; larger chamber music pieces are not acceptable
*applicants are recommended to offer a string piece as one selection, and a wind or brass piece as the second selection

Application Process

  • Applicants apply online by the application deadline
  • Within the online application applicants:
    • select a preferred date for the virtual live audition
    • upload a current instrumental repertoire list of works studied and performed.
  • Applicants receive an audition scheduling link following the application deadline to confirm their specific audition date/time

Virtual Audition Process and Components

  • Audition panel includes Music Academy Collaborative Piano faculty
  • Virtual auditions will be hosted through the AuditionRoom platform
  • Virtual auditions are 15-20 minutes each
  • Applicants must arrange their own instrumental partner(s) for the audition
  • Three components of the audition:
  1. Prepared audition repertoire as outlined above
  2. Brief interview
  3. A piece (TBD), chosen from an applicant’s full repertoire list of instrumental works studied and performed (as listed within the application), will be emailed to each applicant the day of the audition and which must be played at the audition

Audition Schedule

Collaborative Piano Virtual Live Auditions

  • Thursday, February 3, 2022
  • Friday, February 4, 2022

In-person live auditions are not offered for the 2022 Festival