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.
Join the incoming class for their debut concert, Fresh AIR, November 20 at AMP!
Artist in Residence Class of 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
AIR Class of 2020 Photos by Margot Schulman
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