LSM Collegiate and Post-Graduate Fellowship Positions

LSM Fellows are active participants in the LSM program, engaging completely in the musical and community life of the academy. Private lessons, large ensemble and chamber music experience, and performance opportunities are provided to all Fellows. Housing and meals are provided for the duration of LSM.  Fellows must be in residence at LSM from Friday, June 26, 2020 to Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Fellowships are available to full‐time undergraduate or graduate students or recent college graduates.  Fellows serve as role models to LSM students and demonstrate high caliber musicianship and a commitment to an inclusive and welcoming community. This fellowship offers opportunity to work with nationally recognized faculty to explore future career goals.  Fellows report to the LSM Admissions and Program Director as well as individual faculty members.

The following fellowships are available.  There is one fellowship per area of study, unless otherwise indicated. 

  • Bassoon

  • Cello

  • Clarinet

  • Composition

  • Double Bass

  • Flute

  • Horn

  • Oboe

  • Orchestral Conducting

  • Organ

  • Percussion

  • Collaborative Piano (2)

  • Saxophone

  • Trombone

  • Trumpet

  • Tuba/Euphonium

  • Viola

  • Violin

  • Voice (4)

Musical Responsibilities: Fellows act as musical leaders and supporters within the student body, playing/singing alongside and supporting the learning process of high school LSM students. Fellows will play/sing in at least one large ensemble (Band, Orchestra, or Concert Choir) and instrumentalists will be assigned to chamber ensembles. In some cases, Fellows may be called upon to act as section leader in large ensembles and be responsible for leading sectionals when needed. Fellows may also be asked to lead studio classes or teach extra or secondary lessons to LSM students. Fellows are offered solo and chamber music recital opportunities, and may be asked to perform at community outreach events. 

The Collaborative Piano Fellowship allows up to two collaborative pianists the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of musicians on a wide range of repertoire. A successful Collaborative Piano Fellow should have proven ability in solo piano repertoire and chamber music and be comfortable sight-reading and learning music quickly. They must have good organizational and time-management skills, as they will need to schedule their own rehearsals in addition to the duties required of them as Collegiate Fellows. Collaborative Piano Fellows will be mentored by the collaborative piano faculty, as well as faculty from other studios. Collaborative Piano Fellows may be asked to attend lessons of the students they are accompanying. Additionally, they may be asked to accompany choir or musical theater rehearsals and/or performances. Collaborative Piano Fellows are guaranteed reserved practice time for personal practice and rehearsals.

Additional Individual Responsibilities: Fellows are expected to contribute to the administrative and academic operations of LSM in a variety of other ways.  The following duties will be split among the Fellows based on interest, aptitude, availability, and need, with most Fellows assigned 2-3 additional responsibilities:

  • Ensemble Assistant (Band, Choir, Orchestra, Chapel Choir, Handbells, Jazz Ensemble, Musical Theatre)

  • Chamber Music Coach

  • Musicianship Class Instructor

  • Arts Administration Assistant

  • Events Assistant

  • Soundboard Operator

  • Social Media Manager and/or Contributor

  • Photographer

  • Video content creation and/or contribution

  • Community Outreach

Ensemble Assistant duties include coordination of room set up for rehearsals, distribution, maintenance, oversight, and collection of music or administrative materials, and taking attendance at all scheduled rehearsals.  Individuals with Large Ensemble duties report to their respective conductors.

Chamber music groups and Musicianship (music theory) Classes may be coached/taught by Fellows independently or in partnership with a faculty member. 

Arts Administration duties include assisting LSM staff with day-to-day office tasks, creating content for publications such as the LSM newsletter and social media presence, and community outreach.

Events Assistant will report to the Events Manager for recital and concert operations, including program production and distribution, back-of-house logistics, audience services, and overseeing student participation in the Events service group. 

Group Responsibilities: All Fellows will contribute to LSM Academy operations in the following ways:

  • Assist on registration day by directing traffic, monitoring audition locations, overseeing instrument locker assignment, delivering materials, or other duties assigned by Academy Director

  • Assist Academy Director with moving of equipment, stands, instruments and other needs in rehearsal and performance spaces.  

  • Participate in back-of-house operations during recitals and concerts to ensure seamless transitions  

  • Hold office hours in the LSM office to assist LSM faculty and students as needed

  • Gather photos, videos, and profiles for use in Social Media or other outlets

Educational and Artistic Opportunities:

  • Two private lessons per week with LSM faculty 

  • Large ensemble participation, serving as musical mentor and positive role model

  • Recital performance opportunities, including Fellowship Showcase Recital and studio recital performance during LSM Festival Week

  • Opportunity to play in chamber ensemble as assigned by LSM Faculty

  • Perform in faculty ensembles as needed

  • Electives available, if desired

General Qualifications:

  • Completion of at least one year (preferably two or more) of higher education at an accredited institution

  • Advanced musical proficiency on at least one instrument

  • Understanding of and commitment to, the mission of LSM

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability and enthusiasm to work with high school students

  • Proven ability to solve problems effectively

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as with a team

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds

Benefits and Expenses:

  • Fellowships are unpaid; all LSM tuition costs are waived

  • Verification of program completion for your college or university, if needed

  • Housing in a double-occupancy, air conditioned dorm room and all meals are provided for the duration of LSM.  A single room may be requested for a fee of $250

  • Fellows pay an Enrollment Fee of $200 at time of acceptance.  The Enrollment Fee is nonrefundable, with the exception of cancellation by June 1, 2020

  • Fellows are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from LSM

  • Fellowships offer approximately 240 hours of direct contact learning hours

To Apply: Your successful application should include:

  • A cover letter, detailing why you’re interested in an LSM Fellowship position, your musical and teaching experience, and other areas of experience and/or interest

  • Your resume

  • A video audition recording with two contrasting musical selections

  • Two professional references (name, title, phone, email) who can tell us why you will benefit from participation

Interested applicants should send all application materials to Thomas Bandar at tbandar@lutheransummermusic.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after January 31, with a final submission deadline of March 15. All Fellowship offers are made pending the successful completion of a background check.