Celebrating 63 Years of Inspired Music Making!

June 22 – July 27, 2024

Piano Fellowship

Two fellowship positions are available for a pre-professional collaborative pianist, who is between the ages of 23 and 33. As an Eastern Music Festival Piano Fellow, these musicians will perform keyboard parts with EMF’s two Young Artists Orchestras and gain collaborative piano experience by accompanying EMF students for the Concerto Competition finals, master class performances, and in studio classes. Additional chamber ensemble and sonata performances may be assigned.

All fellows are eligible to receive three (3) private lessons from members of EMF’s artist-faculty. Fellows also have access to a wide variety of EMF seminars, workshops, and professional development opportunities. 

Responsibilities include evening and weekend assignments, and no outside (non-EMF) engagements may be accepted during the fellowship period without the prior written agreement of EMF.


  • Applicants must be between the ages of 23 and 33
  • Applicants must be available for full term of Fellowship (Arrive June 22, 2024 – Depart July 28, 2024) (No exceptions.)
  • Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and a clean driving record.

Fellowship Benefits

  • $1,000 Stipend
  • Room (shared on-campus apartment)
  • Board (Guilford College meal card)
  • Private Lessons with EMF Faculty (3 one-hour lessons)

How To Apply

All applicants must complete the Piano Fellow Application (available online at getacceptd.com/EMFestival). The deadline for receipt of completed applications and video recordings is February 20, 2024.

All applicants must submit a

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short Biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendations
  • The repertoire requirements [list should include orchestral accompaniments, collaborative works, and chamber music works( both studied and performed)] for their instrument.

Repertoire Requirements

Video auditions are required of all applicants.

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following:

  • 1 solo work of your choice
  • 1 movement of a concerto with soloist
  • 2 contrasting movements from solo sonatas or chamber music.

All materials must be uploaded through our Acceptd portal. The fee for submitting your application and audition via Accepted is $40 prior to January 1, 2024, and $80 thereafter. Call 336.333.7450 x 227 for additional details.

The successful applicant will demonstrate professional-level artistic abilities and will also demonstrate that they possess excellent communication skills and the competencies required of all EMF Fellows.

Contact Admissions

Melissa M. Edwards, DMA
Director of Education and Admissions

Phone: 336-333-7450, x227
Fax: 336-333-7454


The content regarding course offerings, faculty, visiting artists, fees, and other details may change without prior notice. Eastern Music Festival is dedicated to promoting diversity within its student community and does not engage in discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, or physical ability in the administration of its educational policies and programs.