Collaborative Piano

8 fellow openings per year

Faculty & Teaching Artists

Receive weekly private lessons & masterclass performances and interact frequently with the Academy’s outstanding teaching and performing artists.

Training & Performance Opportunities

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. Covers a wide range of literature, including sonatas and duos, orchestral reductions, and character pieces. Plus:

  • 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

2019 Applications for collaborative piano are now closed.

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.

Audition Components

Three components of the audition

  1. Prepared audition repertoire (an Orchestra Reduction and Sonata) as outlined below
  2. Brief interview
  3. A piece (TBD), chosen from an applicant’s full repertoire list of works studied and performed, 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 in A Major, No. 3, 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)