The deadline to apply to be a Tholen Fellow is quickly approaching. The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The 2018 Tholen Fellows will be chosen among piano teachers from the Central and North Coast regions of Oregon. Sessions will begin in early to mid-January 2018.
The Tholen Fellows Project, now in its third year, offers piano teachers in different regions of the state a potentially transformative professional development experience -- the opportunity to study with a renowned teacher. Tholen Fellows will receive one-on-one lessons and coaching on six separate occasions for two years. Each session will consist of three hours of instruction that includes a private lessons and an optional 1-hour coaching session with the teacher and his/ her student.
Each Tholen Fellow will also receive free access to summer activities and SOLO Piano Series performances. Travel and lodging will be covered through the fellowship.
“We are pleased to offer Oregon’s piano teachers another opportunity to participate as Tholen Fellows. This is a very special professional development opportunity for teachers in rural Oregon,” explains executive director Ellen Bergstone Wasil. "The Project provides graduate-level instruction, helping teachers hone their skills as pianists and empowering them take their own teaching to the next level. Simply put, we want Fellows who are passionate about piano music and teaching. Funding from the Nellie Tholen Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation allows us to provide this program for free to the participating Fellows!"
Current Tholen Fellows include Rebecca Gooch, Susan Ticknor, Diana Beterbide, Linda Taylor, Meagan Moody, Kathryn Porto-Apland, Rebekah Carter, Mio Aoike, Lori Nelson, Hannah Violette and Deborah Wolfe.
To apply, candidates must complete an application along with a CV/resume and submit either by email or postal mail. The application can be found here:
To submit the application by postal mail: Print out the application and mail it with the required attachments to our offices at PO Box 6469, Portland, OR 97228.
To submit by email: Save the completed application and send it with the required attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional questions about the qualifications to be a 2018 Tholen Fellow, as well as the selection process, can be found here: