Cello Artist In-Residence


The Artist-in-Residence Program is a new program that will provide a contract for a cellist to perform and teach with Austin Chamber Music Center in Austin, TX. Through a competitive online application due Monday, September 26, 2022, three finalists will be selected and invited to a live audition in Austin, TX on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. Travel expenses, including flight, accommodations, and local transportation will be covered for all finalists.

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The initial contract will include the following engagements totaling $20,000 between September 2023 and July 2025. Local housing and local transportation will be provided during each contracted engagement (rehearsals, concerts, outreach); permanent relocation to Austin is NOT required. Specific concert dates will be chosen in consultation with the winner.

  • Five concert programs each with two engagements plus possible community outreach
  • Up to four additional concert engagements with ACMC or a collaborating organization
  • The Artist In-Residence will also receive introductions to and networking opportunities with other arts organizations.
  • Additional engagements will be contracted separately

The Artist-in-Residence will be chosen through a competitive online application process (due Monday, September 26, 2022). Three finalists will be selected by October 31, 2022, and invited to a live audition in Austin, TX on December 14, 2022.

Founded in 1981, Austin Chamber Music Center (ACMC) is a leader in chamber music performance and education. ACMC creates chamber music experiences that connect, educate, and inspire our community.

Austin Chamber Music Center is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse roster of artists that reflects the neighborhoods in which we are situated. Women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Contact Peter Helf, ACMC’s Executive Director, at peter@austinchambermusic.org

Schedule of Important Dates

Monday, September 26: Applications Due
Monday, October 31: Three Finalists Announced
Wednesday, December 14: Live Audition in Austin
September 1, 2023 – July 31, 2025: Contracted Performance Window

Application Guidelines

Your application will consist of the following:

1. Personal Information

  • General Contact Information
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Repertoire List
  • Three References

2. Video Pitch – 5-minute max

This is a concept/proposal for a chamber concert. Ideally, your pitch should include at least one of the following concepts

  • Intersecting chamber music with another arts discipline/literature/historical period
  • A program that appeals to historically underserved communities (educational, community engagement, DEI, etc.)
  • Connecting chamber music with current events or relevant cultural themes

3. Video Performance Submission

This video will contain the following (in order)

  • Live program notes/introduction (1-2 minutes) forĀ one of your selected performance samples
  • Two contrasting movements from one of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites (movements do not need to be from the same suite)
  • One movement from a major sonata for cello and piano (examples below)
  • One movement of a standard chamber music composition in which the cello has a major featured role performed within the ensemble, not as a solo/excerpted (examples below)

VideosĀ do not need to be from the same performance/date but should be recent and representative of the candidate’s current musical level. The video (or compiled videos) may be of a past live performance or recorded specifically for this application.

Examples of Major Sonatas:

  • Sonatas by Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, Chopin, Dohnanyi, Franck, Grieg, Martinu, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Shostakovich
  • If selecting Debussy Sonata, Janacek Pohadka, Schumann Adagio and Allegro or Five Pieces in the Folk Style, or Stravinsky Suite Italienne, please include multiple movements

Examples of Standard Chamber Music Repertoire featuring cello:

  • Brahms: Piano Quartet in c, Op. 60, 3rd movement
  • Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in a, Op. 114, 1st movement
  • Dvorak: Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 87, 2nd movement
  • Dvorak: String Quartet in F, Op. 96, 2nd movement
  • Hindemith: String Quartet Op. 22, 4th movement
  • Kodaly: Duo, Op. 7
  • Mozart: String Quartets K. 575, 589, or 590
  • Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 100/D. 929, 2nd movement
  • Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47, 3rd movement
  • Shostakovich Piano Quintet in g, Op. 57, 1st movement
  • Shostakovich: Piano Trio in e, Op. 67, 1st movement

Live Round

Three finalists will be informed that they’ve advanced to the live final round on October 31, 2022. The final round will be held on December 14, 2022 in Austin, Texas. Travel expenses, including flight, accommodations, and local transportation will be provided.


  • Live 30-minute performance of the following
    • Piano trio movement
    • Sonata for cello and piano
    • String quartet movement
  • Repertoire will be chosen in collaboration with each individual finalist and the audition panel
  • Professional collaborative artists will be provided for the performance
  • The day will consist of rehearsals and interviews, culminating in the final performance
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