Education & Engagement
Britt orchestra Fellowship Program

Congratulations 2019 James M. Collier Orchestral Fellows!

  • Dianna Joiner, Cleveland Institute of Music - Violin
  • Jennifer Jordan, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Cello
  • Zoe Merrill, Eastman School of Music - Violin
  • Michael Zahlit, DePaul University School of Music, Chicago - Viola

BFO: James M. Collier Orchestral Fellowships

The James M. Collier Orchestral Fellowship program provides aspiring violinists, violists, and cellists with the unique opportunity to explore professional career paths for musicians in the 21st century.  Under the baton of Music Director Teddy Abrams and direction of Artistic Advisor and Mentor Alexandra Preucil all orchestral fellows will:

  • Rehearse and perform as part of our Britt Festival Orchestra
  • Form a string quartet and perform in the southern Oregon community.
  • Receive coaching, mentorship, and private lessons from members of the Britt Festival Orchestra.

The 2019 fellowships will begin on July 17th and end on August 12th.

(click on a position below to see audition requirements for the 2019 fellows)

Each fellow is provided with a stipend of $1,000 for living expenses during the fellowship period, a $600 travel reimbursement (cartage assistance available for cello), and housing.

"Here at RVM, our residents always appreciate entertainment from the outside. We feel fortunate that Britt has a fellowship program that brings music to all ages, and that we were the recipients of this program.  You are talented musicians and played with much spirit, enthusiasm, and dedication which brought much joy to the audience...

The RV Manor Entertainment Committee"

Who May Apply   

Anyone who is 18 years or older currently pursuing their degree in music, and does not currently hold a position in a major orchestra.

How To Apply

  • Provide a current CV
  • Provide at least 2 letters of recommendation from a professor and/or private instructor.
  • Provide a single page cover letter outlining the reasons for your interest in and readiness for this program, addressing the following questions:
    • What are your personal and professional goals as an artist?
    • What role does the contemporary musician play in the community both as a musician and as a teaching artist?
  • Provide recorded audition excerpts (details available via the links below).

Violin: 2 positions | Viola: 1 positions | Cello: 1 positions

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Where Are They Now?

Alicia Keener - Texas Tech University 
Lauren Culver - Eugene Symphony Orchestra Graduate Teaching Fellowship, she is both a section member of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and a teacher at the Community Music Institute
Nini Liao - Texas Christian University
Kira Weiss - Graduate School at UCSB studying ethnomusicology
Michael Woodard - Graduate School at University of Houston