Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is a two-year intensive immersion that gives career-bound musicians the experience of participating in the Community MusicWorks model. Fellows teach, perform and mentor alongside Resident Musicians, and through hands-on experience working within the larger community and with key organizational practices, are encouraged to imagine careers that combine artistic practice and service.

During their tenure with CMW, Fellows are introduced to CMW’s habits of mind which include integrating performing and teaching with social justice work, cultivating a self-reflective practice, and developing relationships that connect to the many concentric circles of our community. Through administrative work and projects, fellows learn about the strategic and operational practices of CMW and at the same time, the experience emphasizes personal growth and exploration. Finally, Fellows are encouraged to imagine and develop alternative pathways for their future careers beyond the Fellowship.

Fellows who have completed the Fellowship program have taken CMW concepts to new programs and like-minded organizations around the United States and Canada.

Examples of some of these organizations include:

  • CMW’s Daily Orchestra Program
  • MusiConnects (Boston)
  • Music Haven (New Haven)
  • Neighborhood Strings (Worcester, MA)
  • Newport String Project (Newport, RI)
  • Rhode Island Fiddle Project (Pawtucket, RI)
  • Sistema New Brunswick (New Brunswick, Canada)
  • Strong Harbour Strings Program (St. John’s, Newfoundland)


Learn more about applying to be a Fellow here:

Fellowship Application Information

Learn more about the Current Fellows and Alumni Fellows at these links:

Current Fellows
Alumni Fellows
Fellows String Quartet

Join us for our 2016-2017 Fellowship Seminars:

October 7: The Citizen Artist
December 2: Robbie McCauley, Race and Identity
February 3: Activism in Music
April 14: Topic tba
May 12: Fellows Quartet community residency project share

Our Fellowship seminars are open to the public. For more information about specific seminars or to RSVP, contact us at info@communitymusicworks.org