Collaborative Piano Program

June 23 - August 4, 2018 (6-week program)
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Instruments used in this program:

Bowdoin’s Collaborative Piano Program offers intensive instrumental study and abundant opportunities for accomplished pianists interested in a collaborative career. Full fellowships cover tuition, all fees, and lodging; scholarships are also available. A full six-week participation is required. All collaborative piano fellows and participants receive private lessons on their assignments, coachings with instrumental partners, weekly studio classes, and advisement on professional topics. Valuable experience is gained from collaboration in the instrumental studios, masterclasses, and concert performances both on campus and in the community. Upon arrival, interested collaborative pianists may also audition to be placed in a piano chamber group, and have the chance to work with composer fellows on contemporary music.

Program Details Include:

application requirements

Audition Videos

A. Duo Sonata. First AND Second movements from one of the following sonatas:

  • Beethoven: Sonata for Piano & Violin No. 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10
  • Beethoven: Any Sonata for Piano & Cello
  • Brahms: Any Sonata for Piano & Violin, Piano & Clarinet (Viola), or Piano & Cello

B. Orchestral Reductions. First movement from one of the following concerti:

  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto
  • Walton: Viola Concerto
  • Dvorak: Cello Concerto
  • Mozart: Any Concerto for Violin, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, or Horn

Submit audition videos from both categories above. Recordings must be live performances with an instrumental partner(s). Applicants wishing to submit alternative repertoire must request permission from the collaborative piano artist instructor. Please direct your inquiries to Pei-Shan Lee,

Curriculum Vitae

A personal résumé detailing your musical background and concert activities.

Repertoire List

A “collaborative” repertoire list, detailing all duo sonatas, concerti, and character pieces previously studied. Please organize the repertoire first by instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and chamber music), then by composers in alphabetical order. Place an * next to pieces you have performed in public.

Letter of Recommendation

You will need to provide your recommenders email address. Please tell them to expect an email from Decision Desk requesting an electronic submission of your recommendation.

Financial Assistance

Select top applicants admitted to the Collaborative Piano program will receive full fellowships (free tuition/fees/housing) and a meal stipend. In addition, applicants not awarded the full fellowship may be admitted to the instrumental program where half fellowship and scholarship are available.

Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars

  • $149 before 11:59 pm EST on January 21, 2018