Leonard Bernstein Fellowship

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein rehearsing for the first Creative Arts Festival, June 4, 1952

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University

The Leonard Bernstein Fellowship (LBF), named for a founding member of the Brandeis University arts community, is a distinctive and highly selective chamber music program. The fellowship provides a small number of accomplished vocalists and instrumentalists the benefits of private lessons, chamber performance opportunities, large ensemble performance opportunities and a $20,500 renewable scholarship.

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Only a very small number of accomplished vocalists and instrumentalists are selected to take part in this highly competitive program. Leonard Bernstein Fellows receive the following benefits:


The Brandeis Music Department features a distinguished faculty of world-renowned composers and award-winning scholars, instrumentalists, vocalists, and conductors. To ensure awardees benefit fully from this rich musical environment, all Leonard Bernstein Fellows are required to declare a minor in music by completing the following Music Department courses:

 Many Leonard Bernstein Fellows choose to major in music instead.