Professional Development

Career Development in the Arts

As part of our mission, Bravo! Vail supports the next generation of performers, administrators, and music-lovers.

These innovative, hands-on programs provide young arts leaders with unique opportunities to connect and work behind the scenes with one of the top classical music festivals in the country.

Piano Fellows Program

Program Overview

Each year, Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott personally selects two young pianists to spend an immersive two weeks at Bravo! Vail, performing in varied programs for diverse audiences with the esteemed musicians of the Festival.

Master Class Series

Gain astounding insight and a unique perspective about the music and the personalities performing it as you watch and listen to professional pianists coach the Bravo! Vail Piano Fellows in Bravo's Master Class Series.

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2018 Piano Fellows


Pianist Do-Hyun Kim attended the Seoul Arts High School for three years, where he could develop his musical background along with academic excellence.

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21 year-old pianist Albert Cano Smit has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Europe and America, and has been praised for playing "with the maturity of someone three times his age" (CBC Music).

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Chamber Musicians in Residence Program

2016 Chamber Musicians in Residence: Aeolus String Quartet

Chamber Musicians in Residence

Bravo! Vail is proud to showcase outstanding chamber ensembles in the early stages of major professional careers.

These musicians benefit immeasurably by performing, teaching, and learning throughout the Vail community, in concert and collaboration with Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott and other renowned Festival musicians.

2018 Chamber Musicians In Residence


Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the country that prepares them for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership.

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Hanzhi Wang is considered to be one of the shining stars amongst the young upcoming generation of classical accordionists. Despite her young age, she already has a remarkable career, and tours all over the world as soloist and chamber musician.

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Comprising violinists Mason Yu and Erica Tursi, violist Jinsun Hong, and cellist Alex Cox, the Omer Quartet is a leader among today’s young string quartets.

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Luis D. Juarez Honorary Music Award

Instituted in 2016, the Luis D. Juarez Honorary Music Award supports and extends opportunities for students to pursue musical studies of the highest caliber. Recipients will have displayed commitment, dedication, and excellence in their musical studies. The goal of the award is to provide financial assistance to a student in his or her pursuit of serious high-level music studies in an accredited program, camp, academic institution, or another similar setting, or to assist with the costs of instruments, software, or other materials essential to the student’s continued musical studies.

In a letter to Bravo! in December 2015, Luis wrote:

"Bravo has given me the means to grow as a person, and as a student. Through the chance to work with you as a teacher, I have gained a greater appreciation for my teachers at school and decided that I want to be a teacher. I am passionate about being a music teacher, and I see myself in a classroom, directing a choir, or teaching kids the piano or the guitar. I believe that a good teacher can influence what kind of a person a child will be when they grow up, and that music can help them through life’s rough patches. If I can help the next generations in any way, I strongly believe that it’s through music education.
I am the first of my family to be graduating high school, and to be moving on to college. This is all very new for me and your support has meant the world to me. Thank you for everything.

Luis Juarez"

2017 Award Recipient:
We are thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2017 Luis Juarez Music Award. Based on his outstanding application and the recommendation of our Bravo! Education team, we are proud to present this award to Mr. Mack Callicrate.

Mack recently graduated from Vail Christian Academy and has been an Assistant Teacher in our After-School Piano Program for the past three years and has dedicated his time and energy to improving the experience for our piano students. He has been an integral part of our teaching team and has constantly proven to be a gracious and generous colleague.

Mack will attend the University of San Francisco this fall to pursue studies in Performing Arts and Social Justice with a concentration in dance and a minor in Political Science, Pre-Law. He hopes to participate in the school's 6-year program that allows him to receive his bachelors degree in the first three years and then his JD law degree after the next three. 


Bravo! Vail Internship Program

Bravo! Vail recruits students poised to begin careers in arts administration. Earn a glimpse into the inner-workings of one of the most successful classical music festivals in the country.

2018 Internship Information