Artist in Residence Program

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 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.

Ways to support Artists in Residence

  • HIRE alumni through our AIR Booking program. With expertise in curating artists, Strathmore can help you find the perfect soundtrack for any event, from house concerts to parties and weddings.
  • DONATE to the Artists in Residence Fund. Your gift elevates the program by supporting the area of greatest need.
  • SPONSOR an artist. Contact Director of Donor Engagement Erin Phillips at for more information. Your investment inspires and trains a young artist on the rise throughout this distinctive program.

Artist in Residence Class of 2021

Ellington Carthan, jazz pianist & composer

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.

Livestream Concert January 13

Sheyda Do’a, vocalist, pianist, guitarist 

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.”

Livestream Concert February 10

Ceylon Mitchell, contemporary classical flutist

Sponsored by Ellen and Michael Gold and Ava Kaufman

Just as the notes from his flute fly and float on air, Ceylon Mitchell is always in motion. This musician, educator, entrepreneur, and arts advocate’s mission is to keep classical music alive, authentic, and accessible. 

Livestream Concert March 10

Aaron Freeman, bassist & beyond

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

Although many know him by his stage name, “ijustplaybass,” Aaron Freeman does much more than that. This arranger, filmmaker, and multi-instrumentalist plays everything from guitar and bass to brass and keys. 

Livestream Concert April 14

Rui Fu, improvisational singer-songwriter 

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.

Livestream Concert May 12

Becky Hill, percussive dancer 

Sponsored by Dale Rosenthal and Michael Cutler and Linda and Van Hubbard

Becky Hill was born with rhythm in her feet. This sought-after percussive dancer, Appalachian square dance caller, and choreographer “slides and shuffles her feet with the precision of snare brushes” (NPR Music). 

Livestream Concert June 9

♫ 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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