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, additional 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 take the following Music Department courses and declare a music minor. Many of the awardees choose to major in music instead.