Leonard Bernstein Fellowship

The Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, named for a founding member of the Brandeis University arts community, is a distinctive and highly selective program for chamber musicians. The fellowship provides a small number of accomplished musicians the benefits of private lessons, additional performance opportunities, a faculty mentor, and a $15,000 renewable scholarship.

If you would like us to consider your musical accomplishments and skill as a component of your application, please submit a portfolio through SlideRoom via the Common Application.  For submissions independent of Common App, please use this link to create an account and begin your portfolio submission.

Benefits of the Fellowship

Only a very small number of accomplished musicians have been selected to take part in this highly competitive program. Leonard Bernstein Fellows receive the following benefits:

  • A scholarship in the amount of $15,000 per year, renewable for up to a maximum of eight semesters.
  • Private lessons and elite ensembles. Fellows will receive free private lessons and professional coaching from members of the Lydian String Quartet and other Music Department faculty. Whenever possible, Leonard Bernstein Fellows will be placed together in small chamber ensembles, working intensively toward a culminating performance at the end of each semester.
  • Performance opportunities. Performance is an essential component of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship. Fellows will have special opportunities to showcase their creative work in the acoustically superb 200-seat Slosberg Recital Hall and in community outreach events. In addition, Fellows are invited to participate in any of the Music Department ensembles without an audition.
  • Music Department offerings. The Brandeis Music Department offers a full range of courses in music history, music composition and theory and performance, and it offers unique opportunities in electronic music composition, jazz ensemble, improvisation, and world music. It also offers many opportunities for students to interact with distinguished visiting musicians and scholars.