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Townsley Graduate Piano Trio Fellowship

Description

The Townsley Graduate Fellowships in Piano, Violin and Cello are awarded to entering or continuing master’s degree students in the Department of Music. All three fellows study privately with the members of the USD faculty Rawlins Piano Trio. Duties include activities as assigned by faculty or the Department Chair based on the expertise and goals of the individuals, and the needs of the Department of Music. These duties may include participation in the Townsley Graduate Piano Trio as applicable, with touring and performances in the region, assisting with keyboard and string area events, and teaching private lessons and/or classes. The fellows may be assigned to collaborative performance (pianist) or to play/assist with department string ensembles (strings).

Duties

Ten hours of work per week is required of the Rawlins Fellows. An average of three hours minimum per week will be devoted to trio rehearsal, coaching and performance. Other duties will be assigned by faculty or the Department Chair based on the expertise and goals of the individuals, and the needs of the Department of Music. These duties include touring and performances in the region with the graduate trio, assisting with keyboard and string area events, and teaching lessons and/or classes when appropriate. The piano fellow may be required to do additional collaborative performance and accompanying and the string fellows will play in the USD Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and serve as orchestra librarian and/or personnel manager.

Compensation

The Rawlins Fellows receive up to an $8,000 stipend annually for up to two years while completing the Master of Music degree as a full time student. Tuition is assessed at one-third of the resident graduate rate. Fees are assessed at the normal rate. 

Qualifications

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in music and experience and skills in chamber music performance.

Application

Apply to the Graduate School. This application must be received by the graduate school before application will be considered in the Department of Music for a Rawlins Fellowship. Apply to the Department of Music with the following additional materials:

  1. Fellowship Application
  2. Resumé. Pianists must also include a list of accompanying and chamber music repertoire studied.

Review of Rawlins Fellowship applications will begin on January 31st and will continue until the positions are filled. Send materials to:

  Dr. David Holdhusen
Interim Chair, Department of Music
The University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Audition

Applicants must audition for the Department of Music faculty with the required graduate solo audition. In addition, piano applicants must perform vocal and instrumental collaborative works. A live audition is preferred; however, taped auditions will be accepted (video preferred) in cases where distances prevent travel to Vermillion.

For More Information

Additional information is also available by calling the Department of Music at 605-677-5274.