The arts have been an essential part of the Brandeis experience, tracing back to the university’s inception in 1948. Leonard Bernstein, a famed American composer and conductor, was one of Brandeis’s first faculty members and was highly influential in making the arts an academic focus at Brandeis. In honor of Leonard Bernstein, Brandeis is proud to offer the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship. Each year we will select up to twenty of our most musically talented admitted students, and invite them to be a part of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship. To be considered for the program, students must simply submit recordings of themselves playing their instrument of choice, or singing, through the supplement section of their application.

Members of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship receive free private lessons and professional chamber coaching from the highly esteemed members of the Brandeis music faculty, including the members of the Lydian String Quartet. They will also have unique performance opportunities, including performances at significant events across our campus, and our community. 

Please note:
Submissions must be submitted to Slideroom by the following dates in order to be considered for the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship
First-Year Applicants        Submission Deadline       
Early Decision I Nov. 1, 2020
Early Decision II Jan. 1, 2021
Regular Decision Feb. 13, 2021

Perks of the Program

  • Up to $20,500 in funding annually, renewable for up to eight semesters
  • Free private lessons with members of the Brandeis music faculty
  • Unique performance opportunities with the other members of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship
  • Access to highly revered music faculty members as mentors and advisors. 

Program Details

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How to be considered

When applying to Brandeis students will find a question on the supplement page of their application asking if they would like to be considered for the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship. If they say yes then they will have an option to submit an optional arts supplement through a program called Slideroom. Students are encouraged to submit two to three recordings of themselves singing, or playing an instrument of their choosing. These submissions will be judged by the members of the faculty of music, who will, along with the office of admissions, will select the Leonard Bernstein Fellows. Fellows will be notified of their award before April 1. 

Program Requirements

In order to maintain their funding and membership in the fellowship, fellows must:

  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Achieve a 3.0 or above grade point average at least once in the first two semesters of study at Brandeis, and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average each year thereafter
  • Maintain a satisfactory level of participation and performance in LBF ensembles
  • Declare a minor in music