EMERSON/HARRIS PROGRAM FOR PRIVATE STUDY

Funded by the late Mr. Cherry L. Emerson, Jr. (SM, 1941) in response to an appeal from Associate Provost Ellen T. Harris (Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus of Music), the Emerson/Harris Program offers merit-based financial awards for private study in music to students of outstanding achievement on their instruments in classical, jazz or world music. Each academic year, the Emerson/Harris Program awards Scholarships and Fellowships to nearly fifty students who commit to a full year’s study and participate in the musical life of MIT. Private teacher selections, made in consultation with the music faculty, may include instructors from MIT staff and throughout Greater Boston.

FALL EMERSON/HARRIS GROUP RECITALS SCHEDULE

 

QUICK LINKS:

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

EMERSON/HARRIS MASTER CLASSES
PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE OPTIONS

AUDITION INFORMATION:

 

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

  • Open to all enrolled MIT students, the Emerson/Harris Scholarship is an award of up to $1,000 for 10, one-hour lessons during the Spring semester after a student has successfully completed and paid for 10 lessons in the Fall semester.
  • Scholars must also participate in an MIT Performance Ensemble subject on a for-credit, listener, or non-credit basis (see “Performance Ensemble Options”). 
  • **NEW IN AY21-22** Scholars may receive credit (6+6) or register as a listener (21M.531). Scholars who register for credit are required to attend TWO Scholar's Master Classes per semester in addition to their regular Emerson/Harris requirements. Scholar's Master Classes - another new initiative - will be offered throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, and are open to all Emerson Scholars.
  • Classical Vocalists must register for Vocal Repertoire & Performance (21M.410/515), but if qualified may request exemption from the Emerson Vocal Advisor, William Cutter.

Scholar’s Solo Recital Option
Auditions will be held at the end of the Fall semester for Scholars who wish to perform a full solo recital in the Spring semester. Scholars must receive endorsement from their private instructor. If approved, the student’s credit load will be 6+9 (or as a listener), and their participation in the Spring Group Recital is waived.

 

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

  • Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students, the Emerson/Harris Fellowship funds two semesters of 10, one-hour lessons.
  • Fellows perform a full solo recital in the Spring semester.
  • Fellows are required to register for Advanced Music Performance, 21M.480/512 (9+9 credit load), in preparation for their solo recitals. This class meets two hours weekly: Mondays 5-7 (Classical) or Wednesdays 5-7pm (Jazz).
  • Undergraduate applicants must have completed a full year of private study as a Scholar, and if accepted as a Fellow, are required to continue studying with the same instructor.
  • Fellows must also participate in an MIT Performance Ensemble subject on a for-credit, listener, or non-credit basis (see “Performance Ensemble Options”).

 

EMERSON/HARRIS MASTER CLASSES

  • Wednesday, November 10th, 8-10pm - Cello Class, Julia Yang
  • Friday, November 12th, 7:30-9:30pm - Violin Class, Li-Mei Liang
  • Saturday, November 20th, 11am-1pm - Piano Class, Mia Chung
  • Monday, November 29th, 5-7:30pm - Piano Class (Fellows), Gloria Chien

All classes in Killian Hall

 

PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE OPTIONS

Emerson/Harris Scholars and Fellows should choose from the following Performance subjects:

 

Audition Information for All Ensembles

 

EMERSON/HARRIS PROGRAM AUDITION INFORMATION

The Emerson Harris program is no longer accepting applications for the 21/22 Academic Year. 

  • The application submission deadline for the Emerson/Harris Program has been extended to Thursday, September 2nd at 11:59pm. Please indicate on the form whether you wish to audition for the Scholarship, Fellowship, or both.
  • Applications received after the deadline will be added to a waitlist. If we are able to accommodate your request, you will be contacted prior to the audition date with an appointment.
  • Students wishing to audition on more than one instrument/voice must submit separate forms for each audition. You may audition for and be awarded more than one offer, but the faculty will determine if acceptance of more than one is appropriate.
  • There will be an in-person Info Session about the Emerson/Harris Program for auditioning students on Registration Day (Tuesday, September 7th) at 4:00pm in 4-270.

 

Classical Strings

Advisors: Marcus Thompson (bratsche@mit.edu); Natalie Lin Douglas (lindoug@mit.edu

  • Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
  • Applicants must prepare two pieces of contrasting styles and periods, totaling 15 minutes, that show the full range of their ability. Memorization is not required. No accompanist will be provided and none required.
  • Applicants will also be asked to prepare a short reading excerpt that will be provided the day before the audition. 
  • *For AY21-22 Only* Auditions are waived for returning String Scholars who plan to study with the same teacher. Please let us know you plan to return by filling out this form. Returning Scholars who wish to switch teachers, and all returning Fellows are still required to audition.
  • Students auditioning for the Fellowship should propose a program of repertoire that they would perform for their solo recital.

 

Classical Piano

Advisor: Eileen Huang (ejhuang@alum.mit.edu

  • Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021.
  • Applicants must prepare two pieces of contrasting styles and periods, totaling 15 minutes, that show the full range of their ability. Memorization is not required.
  • Applicants will also be asked to prepare a short reading excerpt that will be provided the day before the audition. 
  • *For AY21-22 Only* Auditions are waived for returning Piano Scholars who plan to study with the same teacher. Please let us know you plan to return by filling out this form. Returning Scholars who wish to switch teachers, and all returning Fellows are still required to audition.
  • Students auditioning for the Fellowship should propose a program of repertoire that they would perform for their solo recital.

 

Classical Winds

Advisor: Jean Rife (jeanrife@mit.edu)

  • Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021.
  • Applicants must prepare two pieces of contrasting styles and periods, totaling 15 minutes, that show the full range of their ability. Memorization is not required. No accompanist will be provided and none required.
  • Applicants will also be asked to prepare a short reading excerpt that will be provided the day before the audition. 
  • *For AY21-22 OnlyAuditions are waived for returning Winds Scholars who plan to study with the same teacher. Please let us know you plan to return by filling out this form. Returning Scholars who wish to switch teachers, and all returning Fellows are still required to audition.
  • Students auditioning for the Fellowship should propose a program of repertoire that they would perform for their solo recital.

 

Classical Voice

Advisor: William Cutter (cutcomp@mit.edu)

  • Auditions will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021
  • Applicants must prepare three memorized art songs of different styles with accompaniment, and at least one of which should be in English. A pianist will be provided.
  • Applicants will also be given a short sight-reading excerpt.
  • Students auditioning for the Fellowship should propose a program of repertoire that they would perform for their solo recital.

 

Jazz Instrumental

Advisor: Frederick Harris (fharris@mit.edu)

  • Auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021
  • Applicants must prepare two pieces of contrasting styles and periods that show the full range of their ability. 
  • Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate their improvisation skills.
  • This audition will also count as your audition for the Festival Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Combo.

 

Jazz Voice

Advisor: Frederick Harris (fharris@mit.edu)

  • Auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021
  • Jazz vocalists should prepare three songs in the following styles: ballad, medium swing, Latin or straight feel. At least two of the songs should be jazz standards. Improvisation on one of the songs or on a simple blues form is required. 
  • This audition will also count as your audition for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

 

Percussion

Advisor: Frederick Harris (fharris@mit.edu)

  • Percussionists’ ensemble audition will also count as their audition to the Emerson/Harris Program. Please email Andy Wilds (awilds@mit.edu) after signing up for your ensemble audition to state your interest in being considered for the Emerson/Harris Program.
  • Percussionists must audition on at least two of the three major percussion instruments (timpani, mallet instruments, snare drum).
  • Timpani auditions will include basic tuning, snare drum auditions will include basic rudiments, and mallet auditions will include scales. The two etudes or solo compositions performed should each have contrasting styles represented.  Sight-reading on two instruments will be required.
  • Drum-set performers should prepare two pieces in contrasting styles, sight-reading of basic swing and Latin/funk charts and performance of four/eight bars of time followed by four/eight bars of soloing in both swing and funk/Latin styles at a medium tempo will also be required.

 

Non-western Instrumental/Vocal

Students experienced in non-western music traditions may also audition and receive support for private lessons under the Emerson/Harris Program. For questions regarding this, please email Andy Wilds (awilds@mit.edu).