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Collaborative Piano

9 fellow openings per summer

Ready for a life-changing summer?

Experience an in-depth exploration of the vast instrumental repertoire, focusing on concepts of successful partnering, technical and pianistic concerns, building repertoire, and keys to professional development. Curriculum covers a wide range of literature, including sonatas, orchestral reductions, and character pieces. Collaborative Pianists enjoy many training and performance opportunities, including the Duo Competition. Be immersed doing what you love in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by an enthusiastic and caring community committed to your success.

The Music Academy is an all-Steinway Institution

Training & Performance Opportunities

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Weekly Studio Classes
  • Collaborative Piano Public Masterclasses
  • Frequent performance in Instrumental Public Masterclasses
  • Duo Competition awarding a cash prize – read more below
  • Regular collaboration with instrumental fellows, including partnering in instrumental lessons
  • Coachings with Collaborative Piano and Instrumental Program world-class teaching artists
  • Orchestral keyboard opportunities

Duo Competition

You have a one-in-nine chance of winning this competition! Each collaborative piano fellow is paired with multiple instrumental partners. 

Prize package for the winning duo includes:

  • $5,000 cash award (for each winner)
  • Digital assets 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
director, collaborative piano
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Natasha Kislenko
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Margaret McDonald
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Collaborative Piano Application & Audition Information

January 15, 2024: now closed

  • Collaborative Piano applicants may choose between a Live Audition or Virtual Audition
  • Visit the Application Link for detailed audition repertoire requirements by studio
  • New York City: 
    Thursday, February 1, 2024
    Friday, February 2, 2024

  • Santa Barbara:
    Sunday, February 4, 2024
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