Current Artists in Residence

Class of 2021

Ellington Carthan

jazz pianist & composer

Ellington Carthan

Sponsored by Daniel and Sarah Gallagher, Tina and Arthur Lazerow, and Bayo and Funke Oyewole 


Just like his namesake, jazz pulses through Ellington Carthan’s veins. This up-and-coming jazz pianist, whose diverse career includes performing, teaching, producing, and composing, holds dual degrees in jazz studies and music technology.

Patio Stage workshop July 12

Patio Stage concert July 14

View Archived January 13 Virtual Concert


Sheyda Do A

vocalist, pianist, guitarist

Sheyda Do’a

Sponsored by Cathy Bernard/Bernard Family Foundation and Richard and Melba Reichard


Musician, vocalist, singer-songwriter, mathematician—is there anything Sheyda Do’a can’t do? Drawing on her multi-cultural heritage and upbringing in Albania, Do’a blends sounds from across the globe into what she calls “melodies for the soul.”

Patio Stage workshop July 19

Patio Stage concert July 21

View Archived February 10 Virtual Concert


Rui Fu

improvisational singer-songwriter

Rui Fu

Sponsored by Hope Eastman and Allen Childs

Singer-songwriter Rui Fu specializes in improvisational and impressionistic interpretations of Chinese ethnic musical traditions and modernist portrayals of ancient Taoist meditative music. Through her music, Fu initiates conversations between Indigenous music cultures and rare instruments around the world.

Patio Stage workshop September 7

Patio Stage concert September 8

View Archived May 12 Virtual Concert

Class of 2020

AYO singer

pop vocalist


Sponsored by Mrs. Patricia Haywood Moore and Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr.


AYO’s smooth pop vocals combined with her fearless, confident lyrics create music with empowering messages that showcase her stylistic and emotional versatility.

View archived Live from the Living Room

Niccolo Seligmann

early folk instrumentalist

Niccolo Seligmann

Sponsored by Van and Linda Hubbard & Stephen and Tanya Spano


Niccolo Seligmann is fascinated by obscure folk instruments and early music. He plays over 20 acoustic instruments including viola da gamba and medieval fiddle, uniting historical and experimental music to create a unique listening experience.

♫ Strathmore graciously thanks our Artist in Residence Champions for their multi-year commitment and above-and-beyond support to the AIR program.

Photos by Margot Schulman

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