Fellowship Opportunities

David Ko, PianoArts Fellow, showing enthusiatic students at Milwaukee French Immersion School the inner workings of a piano.


Fellowship Opportunities.


Fellow John Schindler and MPS Burdick School students Youth Concert at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Fellow John Schindler and MPS Burdick School students Youth Concert at the Milwaukee Art Museum.


Fellowships are awarded to North American competition winners to return to Milwaukee for “on-the-job” classes and “on-site” presentations during the Artist Training Program. Fellows learn new skills in performing for diverse audience as they plan, rehearse, and perform with our artistic team, incluing PianoArts alumni.

“I can’t thank you enough for all of your help throughout my career. I hope all of the younger winners realize how important and what an impact their PianoArts training will have on their careers!” – Jacob Ertl, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Nazareth College.

Depending on school and performance schedules, residencies are usually one to two weeks. During residences, Fellows receive stipends, and transportation and living expenses are covered. Fellows may be selected to continue in partnership with PianoArts throughout their school years. Those participating for more than two school years have opportunities to create new programs. One very successful elementary school program, Music Explorers, was created by Fellow Jacob Ertl. One of our most popular music education programs, Music Explorers reaches thousands of Wisconsin youth every season.

During the Artist Training program, fellows: 

  • Perform in concert halls and unusual spaces
  • Perform in schools and community centers
  • Gain insights into performing on radio and television
  • Have sessions with stage directors
  • Give interviews
  • Coach in chamber music programs
  • Learn effective techniques in speaking to audiences
  • Learn techniques in developing programs with diversity
  • Plan, create, and perform original programs