Artist in Residence Program

A flagship program of Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic and Professional Development, the Artist in Residence (AIR) program was created more than a decade ago to support artists as they transition to professional careers. Since its inception in 2005, the program has mentored 88 musicians ages 16-32. Every year a class of six is chosen after a competitive selection program. Strathmore Artists in Residence benefit from the support of mentor musicians, participate in professional development seminars, and are offered extensive performance opportunities throughout the 10-month program.

Support the Artist in Residence Program

Join the incoming class for their debut concert, Fresh AIR, November 20 at AMP!

Artist in Residence Class of 2020

Dante Pope

AYO, 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.

Concerts January 15 & 29
Workshop January 22

Niccolo Seligmann

Niccolo Seligmann, early folk instrumentalist

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.

Concerts February 12 & 26
Workshop February 19

Christian Douglas

Christian Douglas, singer-songwriter

Sponsored by Richard and Melba Reichard

Christian Douglas’ original music echoes his background as a classical tenor and musical theater performer, combining quality storytelling with a smooth, soulful voice. His heartfelt lyrics and acoustically-driven sound carry pop, jazz, and soul influence. 

Concerts March 11 & 25
Workshop March 18

Nataly Merezhuk

Nataly Merezhuk, jazz violinist

Sponsored by Ellen and Michael Gold & Ava Kaufman

Though Nataly Merezhuk’s musicianship is rooted in classical training, she embraced the role of the violin in jazz after being drawn to its improvisational nature.

Concerts April 15 & 29
Workshop April 22

Jake Blount

Jake Blount, folk musician

Sponsored by Sarah and Dan Gallagher

Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjoist, singer, and scholar whose performances, compositions, and research venerate and reflect the traditional music of Black and Indigenous communities in the southeastern US. 

Concerts May 13 & 27
Workshop May 20

Lucas Ashby

Lucas Ashby, percussionist & composer

Sponsored by Arthur and Tina Lazerow & Dale Rosenthal and Michael Cutler

Lucas Ashby’s genre-bending compositions are rooted in his musical worldliness. He’s played with masters of Afrofunk, Brazilian jazz, Ghanaian highlife, and more, bringing a plethora of sounds and textures to all his work.

Concerts June 10 & 24
Workshop June 17

AIR Class of 2020 Photos by Margot Schulman

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