Emerging Artist Fellowship Program

July 10 – August 7, 2017

Application fee: $30 on or before February 10 – $60 after
Application Review begins after February 10th, 2017
Applications submitted after this date will be reviewed as positions are available

$250 registration fee due upon acceptance.
Students will be notified of acceptance by April 1.

The Emerging Artist Fellowship Program is a four-week, intensive chamber music program for string players and pianists ages 18-28. Both individual instrumentalists and pre-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply. Highly competitive fellowships are awarded to dedicated instrumentalists who will receive lessons and coachings from the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and other renowned faculty. Each participant receives a Fellowship Award valued at $3,000, which covers the cost of tuition, room and board.

Contact Isaac Melamed, Cellist/Co-Artistic Director,
for more information: isaac.melamed@gmail.com


  • Multiple ensemble coachings every week.
  • Weekly master classes.
  • Opportunities to perform with members of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and other renowned guest musicians.
  • Numerous performance opportunities at Garth Newel, the immediate community, and in neighboring towns.
  • Free admission to all summer festival concerts.
  • Garth Newel Music Center sits in the heart of Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. With its rural setting and breathtaking natural beauty, Garth Newel offers a striking parallel to the organic wonder of music.

Application Requirements (to be uploaded as part of online application)

  • Please list chamber music repertoire which you have studied and/or performed.
  • Provide a description of your personal background and musical experience, your goals, and a self-appraisal of your musical capabilities.
  • Please submit at least two video samples of contrasting style. Pre-formed group applicants should include ensemble recordings of two contrasting styles as well as solo samples.

NOTE: If applying as a pre-formed group, each member should submit a separate application.

The Garth Newel Piano Quartet

Teresa Ling, violin
Evelyn Grau, viola
Isaac Melamed, cello
Jeannette Fang, Piano

Guest Artists

Joseph Gascho, harpsichord
Judith Ingolfsson, violin
Robbie Merfeld, collaborative piano
Anthony Manzo, bass
Aisslinn Nosky, violin
Parker Quartet, string quartet