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Collaborative Piano

9 fellow openings per summer

About our Collaborative Piano studio

Nine 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.

Training & Performance Opportunities

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Weekly masterclass and/or studio class 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
  • Various keyboard parts in Music Academy orchestral concerts

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 the following year, 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

And So Much More...

Wellness Program

Resources include exercise, yoga, counseling, and performance medicine

Community Engagement

Each fellow is matched with community members for social events and more

Innovation Institute

Offering seminars & entrepreneurial competitions

Collaborative Piano Teaching Artists

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Jonathan Feldman
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Natasha Kislenko
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Margaret McDonald

Collaborative Piano Application Resources




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