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The Walter and Peggy Grauman Fellowship in Classical Music is made possible by the generosity of performing arts philanthropist and Wallis Ambassador Peggy Parker Grauman and her late husband, Walter Grauman. The Grauman Fellowship in Classical Music, the first-ever fellowship program at The Wallis and the first of its type in Los Angeles County, will provide an annual Fellowship Award of $15,000 to advance the career of an exceptionally talented emerging classical pianist or strings musician based in Los Angeles.

The program is intended to support the Fellow during the transition from formal education and training to the professional music world. The Fellow will have an inside look at how classical music is programmed, how artists are selected, how shows are marketed, and the essential role of philanthropic support. In addition to receiving a $15,000 Fellowship award, the Grauman Fellow will receive mentorship from The Wallis, including live performance opportunities, guidance related to successful auditioning, and the chance to meet with and learn from leading artists. The Fellow will also be asked to plan and implement a community-based outreach project designed to promote awareness and appreciation of classical music in Los Angeles County. The Wallis will announce the selection of a Grauman Fellow annually.


Applicants must:

  • - Be a classical pianist or strings musician who has received a graduate or undergraduate degree between May 2021 and June 2022 from an accredited Los Angeles County college, university, or conservatory.
  • - Demonstrate exceptional artistry.
  • - Have a distinct interest in community-based projects that expand access to classical music.


  • - Application due July 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM
  • - Final in-person auditions mid-August 2022 at The Wallis
  • - Fellow selected and notified by August 31, 2022
  • - Fellowship begins Sep 28, 2022 and extends through June 30, 2023


Applicants must submit a general questionnaire form, video auditions, and a community outreach project proposal. View our FAQs below to learn more about creating a project proposal, applying for the program, and the fellowship experience.





The Grauman Fellowship in Classical Music, funded by Walter and Peggy Grauman, provides a young classical pianist or strings musician transitioning to the professional world a unique opportunity to develop new skills, understanding, and professional relationships. Aside from professional advancement, the Fellow is provided the opportunity to give back to their community through a Community Outreach Project promoting awareness and accessibility to classical music. The Fellow will be awarded a cash award of $15,000.
The selected Fellow will receive $5,000 at the start of the Fellowship; $5,000 in January 2023; and $5,000 at the conclusion of the program in June 2023.
The 2022/2023 Fellowship program is open to undergraduate and graduate classical pianists or strings musicians who have received their degree between May 2021 and June 2022 from an accredited Los Angeles County college, university, or conservatory.
Applicants are asked to submit a video audition showcasing exceptional talent as a classical pianist or strings musician. In addition to a video audition, applicants are asked to propose a community outreach project designed to promote the understanding, awareness, appreciation, accessibility, and enjoyment of classical music among a broad spectrum of people from young audiences to underrepresented or underserved communities within Los Angeles County.
  1. Spoken Introduction (5-10 Minutes) 
    • This spoken introduction should allow panelists to get to know you better as a musician, speaker, leader, educator, and learner. Please express to the panel your motivations for applying to the program, as well as the components of The Grauman Fellowship that most interest you.
    • In addition, please introduce one of the required selections and state why it has personal significance for you.

Applicants will submit the following musical selections. These submissions should not exceed 60 minutes in total. Please include each of the following for your respective instrument.  
  1. Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Requirement for strings - Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied J.S. Bach Sonata, Partita, or Suite.
    • Requirement for piano - One Prelude & Fugue by J.S. Bach from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I or Book II. 
  2. Second Selection
    • Requirement for strings - One movement from a standard concerto that best displays your musical abilities, technique, and artistry.
    • Requirement for piano - One movement from a standard concerto; or a major classical or romantic solo work that best displays your musical abilities, technique, and artistry.
  3. A short work that contrasts greatly in style, mood, and period from your other selections. This selection should highlight your musicianship, artistry and technique in ways that are not necessarily represented in your other two selections. (An excerpt or cut from a longer piece will also be accepted.) This submission video should not exceed 5 minutes.
Applicants will submit a general application form, video auditions, and their community outreach project proposal via The Grauman Fellowship Acceptd Portal
  • - Applicants will submit individual video recordings titled as “Last Name_First Name_Video Portion” as follows:
    • 1. Introduction 
    • 2. Bach 
    • 3. Standard Concerto Movement (or Major Solo Piano Work)
    • 4. Contrasting Work 
      • a. (e.g. “Smith_John_Introduction”)
  • - Each musical selection must be completed in one take using one camera.
  • - Do not edit within the selection; no effects or post-performance alterations.
  • - No sound enhancements are permitted.
  • - Hands and fingers must be visible at all times.
  • Your recording device can be a cell phone, tablet, camera, etc. You do not need to use fancy recording equipment. 
  • - Make sure there are 1-3 seconds of silence before the beginning of the selection and at the end of the selection before ending the video recording.
  • - Use a fixed point of view for your camera with you being the main focus. Shoot straight on, leaving the camera in one location. Do not pan or move the camera. The camera should be no closer than waist up.
  • - Ensure recording captures excellent quality image and sound.
  • - Please make sure your music stand is not blocking your hands or the view from seeing you as specified above.
  • - Check that the acoustics in the room are suitable for a recording. Practice your selection in the space prior to recording. Ensure there is no noise coming from other rooms near you as you record.
  • - If recording with a tablet or cell phone, use the landscape/horizontal mode for best results.
  • - Application due by July 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM
  • - In-person auditions mid-August 2022 at The Wallis
  • - Fellow selected by August 31, 2022
  • - Fellowship begins September 28, 2022 
  • - Fellowship concludes June 30, 2023
The panel of judges includes representatives from The Wallis, Grauman representatives, and acclaimed musical professionals.
From September 2022 through June 2023 the Fellow will be exposed to career-advancing experiences such as professional performances and networking opportunities with Wallis staff, visiting artists, and outside mentors. The Wallis will serve as a home base, additionally providing guidance and support through the implementation of the Fellow’s Community Outreach Project. 

Through this program, the Fellow will: gain an understanding of the key roles of a performing arts presenter including artistic planning, education, outreach, production, marketing, and fundraising; be given career guidance and means of networking and self-promotion; receive coaching and strategies for successful submissions and auditions; select and sequence musical selections for successful recitals and repertoires; and perform publicly for live audiences.
To administer the Fellow’s Community Outreach Project, The Wallis will provide a modest but flexible and appropriate budget to finance direct program expenses. This amount is not extracted from the $15,000 Fellowship Award. In conjunction with the expense fund, the Grauman Fellow will have access to a vast network of mentorship, guidance, and resources through interactions with The Wallis Staff, visiting artists, and outside mentors drawn from The Wallis’ extended professional contacts and affiliations. 
Students may draw inspiration from the musicians and program resources listed below. Applicants should focus on the personal journey, passion, inspiration, and meaning behind their respective community outreach projects. How did these musicians utilize their privilege and resources to bridge the gap between themselves and their communities? See examples below.
Proposals should be approximately 500 words and offer an overview of your desired project. Your proposal should address the following questions:
  1. What you already know about the community: give background and context for your passion and commitment to bettering the community through your instrument and music-making.
  2. Describe how your program will cultivate this community’s accessibility, awareness, and appreciation for classical music.
  3. Present the relevance and desired impact of the proposed project.
  4. Set realistic objectives for the program; how will you engage the community and create a comfortable space in which to listen, communicate, and learn about classical music? 
  5. Why do you feel The Wallis is the best organization to support your outreach initiative? 

Pictured above, artists performing at The Wallis: Sarah Chang, Harlem Quartet, Joshua Roman and Conor Hanick, Brooklyn Rider.