CMI Teaching Artist Fellowship 

June 2024

Bridging the gap between education and performance

Welcome to the CMI 210 Festival Teaching Artist Fellowship, a three-week program for string players, pianists, and vocalists to teach and perform alongside a team of today’s most dynamic artists from across the globe. This expense-paid opportunity with stipend aims to strengthen each Teaching Artist’s portfolio as a complete musician with intensive studies in pedagogy, teaching practicum, and chamber music.
The Teaching Artist Fellowship is a rigorous performance and pedagogy training program for string players, pianists, conductors, and vocalists with the aim of bridging the gap between a teaching artist’s education and professional performance and pedagogy career.


  • String fellows will lead string orchestra classes of the Youth Program applying the “El Sistema” method of training.
  • Piano fellows will teach individual lessons and lead group piano and basic musicianship classes.
  • Conducting fellow will lead youth and fellow ensembles. 
  • Chamber music performances with other Teaching Artist Fellows and CMI Artists.
  • Individual lessons with CMI Artists.
  • Masterclasses with CMI Artists.
  • Two (2) fellow showcase concerts and community outreach performances.
  • Professional development & pedagogy seminars
  • Free admission to all festival concerts
  • Headshots with a professional photographer for an additional fee of $100 for a session producing 4 edited and publishable photos

All participants are awarded a $1,000 stipendtravel reimbursements up to $500 ($1,000 for cellists), covered tuition, and housing*registration fee of $300 must be paid to reserve space upon acceptance, refundable at arrival of the program.

*We ask that San Antonio-area residents commute from their home.

Program Dates:

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Conducting (June 2 — 23, 2024)

The 2024 Teaching Artist Fellowship is open to the following disciplines: Violin (3), Viola (2), Cello (2), Piano (2), Voice (3), Conducting (1).


The Vocal Collaborative Piano Fellowship (June 3 — June 28)

is geared towards up-and-coming vocal pianist-coaches. They will perform both with the Teaching Artist Fellows and the Apprentice Artists. The artist will also take part in the touring program which visits various locations in San Antonio. A $1,000 stipend, up to $500 in travel reimbursement, and housing/local transportation are provided. For more details on the Voice Teaching Artist Fellowship and Vocal Collaborative Piano Fellowship, please visit OPERA San Antonio/Classical Music Institute Young Artist Program

If you have questions regarding the program or the application, please contact Fellowship Coordinator Wayne Ching at

Activities Include

Chamber music performances alongside world-class artists
Supervised pedagogical training
Chamber and solo music master classes
Private lessons
Career advice seminars and discussions
Free admission to all festival events
Ensemble performance opportunities

Program details

Program Eligibility:

  • Ages 18 – 35
  • Completed at least one year of their undergraduate degree in music


Health & Safety Protocols:

CMI requires all students, artists, and staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. If necessary, additional protocols such as regular testing (provided by CMI), indoor masking, and social distancing may be required. Please note that health and safety protocols are subject to change, and may be relaxed or made more stringent as public health conditions evolve.


Apply to this program if you are:

  • Enthusiastic about teaching, particularly connecting with the underserved community.
  • Strong interest in chamber music and collaborating with like-minded musicians.
  • Cultivate skills to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the classical music industry.
  • Wish to establish a network with a team of unique artists at the forefront of the industry today.


Application Requirements

  • Recording of two contrasting works that best show differing aspects of your musicianship. You may submit a third, optional recording to showcase the breadth of your experience
  • Answer a few questions about your teaching experience and professional goals
  • List of works you have recently studied/performed

Important Dates

  • March 8, 2024: Application review begins. Application received after this date will be accepted on a rolling basis
  • March 29, 2024: Acceptance notification
  • April 12, 2024: $300 Registration fee due
  • June 2, 2024: Program arrival date
  • June 23, 2024: Program departure date



Application fee: $50

A $300 refundable registration fee is paid to reserve space upon acceptance and will be refunded by completion of program.
Registration fee must be paid by April.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I apply if I am not a U.S. Citizen/Resident?

Yes, though CMI does not sponsor Visa on behalf of fellows for entry into the United States. We are able to work with your institution for CPT/OPT documentation for stipend purposes.

Can I apply if I am not currently in school?

Yes, we will consider your application as long as you meet other program eligibility requirements.

How much should I expect to teach during the program?

The Youth Program has eight full instruction days, and you should expect to teach about three hours each day, in addition to assist on the Youth Program Student Showcase.

Where will I stay during the festival?

All fellows will be housed at Sonesta Suites - Downtown San Antonio (425 Bonham, San Antonio, TX 78205) in a double occupancy suite housing. You will have access to a kitchenette in your hotel room in addition to other hotel amenities. For more information, please visit Sonesta — Downtown San Antonio. 

Can I bring my own car to the festival?

Yes, the hotel offers complimentary parking. If you choose to drive to San Antonio instead of flying, same reimbursement policy applies (up to $500). If you choose to help us with your own vehicle on local transportation, CMI will supply additional reimbursement.

How do I get around San Antonio?

CMI will supply all festival-related transportation, including arrival and departure from the airport to the hotel. You are welcome to explore the city in downtime at your own expense. The hotel is minutes walking from the Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Are my meals covered?

Breakfast is available at the hotel daily. Lunch is supplied on the days which the Youth Program is in session. There will be additional festival/social events which CMI provides meals. Dinners will mostly be on your own.

Can I arrive late or leave early?

We would strongly prefer all fellows participate in the full programming to receive the complete experience of the fellowship. Exceptions will only be made for extreme professional or personal circumstances and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Daily mentorship from international faculty
  • George Amorim
  • Jordan Bak
  • Dr. Christopher Besch
  • Clare Bradford
  • Ramón Carrero-Martínez
  • Dr. Wayne Ching
  • Luis Cuevas
  • Daniela Diaz
  • Francisco Fullana
  • Pedro Bonet Gonzalez
  • Chelsea Helm
  • Siwoo Kim
  • Shannon Lee
  • Allison Lovera
  • Mihai Marica
  • Jorge Martínez-Ríos
  • Jesse Morrison
  • Leonardo Pineda
  • Rowan Puig
  • Tomomi Sato
  • Moni Simeonov
  • Ronald Villabona
Photo of music students

Ready to Apply?

You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details).

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