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The program offers a select group of students the opportunity for in-person professional vocal instruction, movement, and hands-on artistic guidance in the art of performance. Students gain valuable interaction with world-renowned guest artists and professional faculty, and acquire skills needed to make performance an important part of their creative lives. The program includes two weeks of master classes and performance opportunities alongside the O’Neill’s professional guest artists at the 2021 Cabaret & Performance Conference. The premier pop music performance program for Connecticut's 15-18-year-olds, alumni have gone on to: Royal Conservatory of Scotland, UC College-Conservatory of Music, NYU, UCLA, Northeastern University, University of Miami Theatre, Sony Music Entertainment, and NBC's THE VOICE. The program is directed by concert artist, music director, composer, and teacher Brad Simmons (Camp, The Last Five Years, Lysistrata Jones, Hello Again). COVID-responsible performance opportunities allow participants to perform for a mainstage audience outdoors in our iconic Amphitheater. Health and safety protocols are enforced including mask requirements, social distancing, and a robust testing regime. More detailed information will be provided to selected participants.


Applications open through May 7. Questions about the Junior Fellows Program, please email Chandler Smith at csmith@theoneill.org.

the music of billy joel

Now in its 12th season, the 2021 Junior Fellows will study, interpret, and perform the songs of Billy Joel.

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