Artists in Residence

It takes more than talent to make it as a performer. At Strathmore, our mission is to nurture talented artists to help master their craft and succeed in the real world.

A flagship program of Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic and Professional Development, the Artist in Residence (AIR) program was created in 2005 to support artists as they transition to professional careers. Since its inception, the program has mentored 94 musicians ages 16 to 32. Every year, a class of six is chosen after a competitive selection process. Strathmore’s AIR benefit from the support of mentor musicians, participate in professional development seminars, and are offered extensive performance opportunities throughout the 10-month program.

Meet the Current Class

Artistic diversity is a keystone of the AIR program and the current classes are no exception, featuring everything from jazz piano to percussive dance and pop vocals to traditional folk.

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Meet the Current Class

Artistic diversity is a keystone of the AIR program and the current classes are no exception, featuring everything from jazz piano to percussive dance and pop vocals to traditional folk.

Learn More
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Encore Screening Fresh AIR

Join us on Strathmore's Facebook page Sunday, June 13 at 3pm for an encore screening of Fresh AIR. You’ll get a preview of the wonderful Artists in Residence that will be performing on The Patio Stage this summer.

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Upcoming AIR Events

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WED JUNE 16 | 8:30PM

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Lucas Ashby

Outdoor

Multicultural compositions

MON JUNE 21 | 7:30PM

AIR Workshop: Nataly Merezhuk

Outdoor

Jazz improvisation workshop

WED JUNE 23 | 8:30PM

AIR: Nataly Merezhuk

Outdoor

Hot jazz violin

MON JUNE 28 | 7:30PM

AIR Workshop: Christian Douglas

Outdoor

Storytelling through music

WED JUNE 30 | 8:30PM

AIR: Christian Douglas

Outdoor

Heartfelt acoustic soul

TUE JULY 6 | 7:30PM

AIR Workshop: Jake Blount

Outdoor

Learn the music of Will Adam

Support Extraordinary Artists

Donate to the Artists in Residence Fund online to support the area of greatest need!

Or, for more information on becoming an artist sponsor, contact donors@strathmore.org.

Your investment inspires and trains a young artist on the rise throughout this distinctive program.

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Support Extraordinary Artists

Donate to the Artists in Residence Fund online to support the area of greatest need!

Or, for more information on becoming an artist sponsor, contact donors@strathmore.org.

Your investment inspires and trains a young artist on the rise throughout this distinctive program.

Donate

More to Explore

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Alumni

Frédéric Yonnet, Chelsey Green, Invoke, and Christylez Bacon are just a few of the incredible artists who have passed through the program.

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Apply

Learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process to become an Artist in Residence.

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Book an Artist

Hire a Strathmore Artist in Residence for your next celebration.

AIR Spotlight Feb

Alumni Spotlight Elijah Balbed, Bumper Jacksons & Be Steadwell

There is nothing more satisfying to us than seeing the amazing accomplishments of our alumni. While we can’t take all the credit for their achievements, we are so proud to have been a part of their journey.

Steel Pan Summit With Josanne Francis By Jim Saah

News How a Musical Garden Grows

We celebrated 15 years of the AIR program in 2020. Alumni share how the program—and one magical Betty Scott—impacted their musical careers.

SUPPORT YOUNG ARTISTS

Your generous support has a lasting impact on young artists in our community. Together, we help fuel their creativity, give them confidence, and support them when it matters most.

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