Freeport, Bahamas

2013-2014 Bahamas Violoncello Teaching Fellowship

Tropikordia Foundation is seeking a cellist for a 9-month Teaching Fellowship in Freeport, Bahamas. The Foundation will provide a $4500 stipend in addition to housing and 2 round-trip air tickets from Freeport, Grand Bahama to a city in the mainland United States.


The cellist selected will:
    Move to Freeport, Grand Bahama (60 miles off the coast of Florida) for a 9-month period, commencing in September 2013 and finishing in June, 2014.
    Start a cello program (grades to be determined), teaching in a class format and collaborating with the violin and viola program already in place.
    Conduct the string orchestra as needed.
    Prepare the cello students for at least 2 public concerts, one at mid-year and one at the end of the fellowship.
    Offer private lessons to those students who are interested (these lessons can be charged at an appropriate rate and can provide additional income).
Minimum Qualifications:

    Must have studied the cello for at least 6 years.
    Must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, with music having been the primary major (all music degrees are eligible: Music Education, B.M., B.A., etc.)
    Must have a passport
    Must speak fluent English

Grand Bahama is the northern-most island of the Bahamas, and is located 60 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, enjoying a temperate climate year-round. The musical arts have begun to establish a presence there, most recently with the creation of the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS), which has hosted chamber music festivals and teaching workshops. A violin and viola program has been successfully developed in the schools by a violinist, but due to the lack of a cello teacher, no corresponding cello program has been started. It is the Foundation's goal to support a cellist eager to undertake the challenges of starting a cello program, working with students between the ages of 6 and 18. In addition, any performing opportunities that the Fellow wishes to develop are strongly encouraged. The Foundation will pay the stipend in monthly installments of $500, and housing will be provided by the GBPAS. A work permit will be issued, and all associated fees with it will be waived.

Application Process:

Interested cellists should submit the following materials by email to
    Current c.v. (maximum 2 pages)
    2 letters of recommendation addressed to the Tropikordia Foundation and focused on the applicant's ability to carry out the Foundation's goals, with particular attention given to the areas of teaching and leadership
    A 500-word personal statement from the applicant summarizing his/her ideas for the fellowship, and why he/she is interested in being awarded this opportunity