Music Omi

About Music Omi

Every summer, Music Omi invites approximately tweleve to fifteen musicians — composers and performers from around the globe — to come together for two and a half weeks in a unique collaborative music making residency program. 

Music Omi encourages its participants to share ideas, perform each other's works, and write music for one another, while exploring their own musical vision and broadening their artistic and cultural horizons.

A singular feature of the Music Omi experience is the presentation of public performances during and at the conclusion of the residency to share some of their collaborative work with the public.

Everyone accepted to Music Omi receives lodging, including a private room, and delicious meals during his or her stay, but accepted fellows must secure their own travel funds. All awarded fellows commit to remaining for the entire residency.

How to Apply

The deadline for the 2016 Residency Session has expired on February 1st.

Residency Dates: Thursday, August 11 - Sunday, August 28, 2016
Results Announced: April 1, 2016


NOTE TO MUSICIANS WITH DISABILITIES: A fellowship is available for a disabled musician. Musicians with disabilities may apply for the Art Unlimited Fellowship, which provides a $500 stipend. Eligible candidates must have a permanent disability as described in the ADA website ( Musicians with disabilities from all countries are encouraged to apply. You have a disability if you have at least one of the following:

- a physical or mental impairment that "substantially limits" one or more "major life activities";

- a record of such an impairment; or

- you are regarded as having such an impairment. 


Apply by submitting to this website and also email the Music Omi Director at so that your application can be considered for this fellowship opportunity.


NOTE TO AUSTRALIAN APPLICANTS: Australian nationals currently residing in Australia must apply for a 2016 Music Omi fellowship directly through the Australian Council for the Arts.

Applications for these applications will be accepted starting December 7th and will close on January 27th.


NOTE TO ENSEMBLES: The Music Omi program will only consider applications from individual applicants. Joint applications will NOT be considered. Individuals members of performing ensembles may apply simultaneously, but will be evaluated as individual musicians. It is highly unlikely that members of ensembles will be invited to attend during the same residency. A goal of the Music Omi program is to encourage and foster participation in new collaborative environments.




Questions may be directed to Jeffrey Lependorf, Director


Omi International Arts Center, where the Music Omi residency takes place, is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley's Columbia County. Named for a neighboring village, the hamlet of Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, NY, as well as Albany, Chatham, and Hudson, NY, which offers train connections less than thirty minutes away (we provide transportation to and from the Hudson, NY train station).

The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include The Fields Sculpture Park and Visitor Center & Cafe, a large two-story barn, and other farm structures with spaces for rehearsing, plus contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, all surrounded by abundant perennial beds and expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees.

A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center for residents, providing a full kitchen, library and laundry facilities. The front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several computers are available on the premises. Lunch and dinner are served daily for communal meals, and a fully stocked kitchen provides plentiful food for breakfasts and snacks.

Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to summer performance festivals, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents.

Past Residents

2015 Musicians
2014 Musicians

2013 Musicians
2012 Musicians
2011 Musicians
2010 Musicians

Past Alumni-in-Residence

2015 Carl Ludwig Hübsch
2014 Wilfrido Terrazas
2013 Ute Voelker
2012 Cécile Broché
2011 Sebastian Gramss
2010 Taylor Ho Bynum
2009: Soo-Jung Kae
2008: Katie Down
2007: Adam-Simmons
2006: Carsten Radtke
2005: Hazel Leach
2004: Laura Andel
2003: Scott Fields
2002: Ursel Schlicht
2001: C. Bryan Rulon
2000: Bill McHenry


Music Omi expresses its gratitude to the New York State Council on the Arts, a State AgencyPhotonic Laboratory, and the Australian Council for the Arts.

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Program Board Committee

Laura Andel
Baikida Carroll
Ingrid Jensen
Joan Kaghan
Arthur Kell
David Kra
Rick Moody
Lee Repko
Ursel Schlicht
Ross Willows

Jeffrey Lependorf, Program Director

Jeffrey Lependorf, Director of Music Omi, received a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory. His teachers include Richard Hoffmann, Fred Lerdahl, Jack Beeson, Chou Wen-chung and Mario Davidovsky. A composer of operas and chamber music, he is also a certified master of the traditional Japanese shakuhachi flute. His music has been performed around the globe—literally: a recording of his "Night Pond" for solo shakuhachi launched into space when the shuttle Atlantis took off on May 15, 1997 and remained for a year aboard the Russian space station Mir. He began shakuhachi study with Kinko master of shakuhachi Yoshinobu Taniguchi, who gave him the venerable name "Koku" ("empty nothingness"), and studied subsequently with Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin and Ralph Samuelson. He has performed or been performed across the United States, Europe and in Japan. Recordings can be found on iTunes and

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