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 (Residency Dates: Thursday, August 11 - Sunday, August 28, 2016) was February 1st. Applications are no longer being accepted for 2016.


Applications for the 2017 summer session of Music Omi will be accepted starting November 1, 2016. The deadline will be midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 2nd, 2017. Note that this is earlier than in previous years!


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.

2016 Music Omi Invited Fellows

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Silke Eberhard (Germany) is a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in Berlin. In addition to her long-standing trio with Jan Roder and Kay Lübke she leads her wind quartet Potsa Lotsa that interprets the compositional work of Eric Dolphy and her septett Potsa Lotsa Plus. She works with many collective ensembles including a duo with Ulrich Gumpert, a duo with drummer Alex Huber, the trio I am Three.She performed and/or recorded with numerous musicians of the international jazzscene such as Aki Takase, David Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Burrell, Gerry Hemingway, Michael Zerang, Joe Morris among others.CDs on record labels like Jazzwerkstatt, Not Two, INTAKT, Intuition document her work. Her album Potsa Lotsa Love Suite Plus plays by Eric Dolphy was awarded the Prize of the German Record Critics 2015/1.

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Aviva Endean (Australia) is a performance-maker, clarinettist and composer interested in expanding the audience experience of sound by creating intimate, unusual and spatially engaged contexts for listening. She challenges standard forms and contexts for performance in order to create new and unexpected ways of engaging with her work. Her performance practice spans a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts including experimental and improvised music, theatre, creating immersive sonic environments, chamber music, folk music and inter-arts collaborations. Aviva is the recipient of numerous Awards and grants including the prestigious Freedman Music Fellowship, JUMP mentorship program, the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling scholarship, the Willem Van Otterloo memorial award, the Atheneum prize for chamber music and the Lionel Gell Merit award. Her work has been nominted for the EG music Awards 'best Avant-garde/experimental act' 2013, and the Aria Awards 'Best World Music album' 2014 and she has been described as "Australia's most versatile clarinettist" Real Time 2014

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Min Joung Kim (Korea) is a musician playing the Korean traditional ajaeng. She graduated with a Music BS and MS from Seoul National University. Now she is an expert of the "Intangible Cultural Property No.1 Jongmyo Jeryeak (royal ancestral ritual music)" of Korea and a member of Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra, Korea Music Ensemble "Nueru Sympathy of Sound." She has continued to study and work to preserve and inform audiences about traditional music and create new, contemporary music and improvisation. She is especially interested in the study of early 20th century Korean traditional music and in promoting the value of "Jongmyo Jeryeak" as a performer. She also focuses on making new work for the ajaeng with a variety of artistic genres in collaboration.

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Chatori Shimizu (Japan) is a New York City based composer and sound artist, who constructs his works for a wide range of mediums concerning sound and space. His music and sound installations has been performed and exhibited throughout Japan, the United States, and Europe. Shimizu graduated from Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, with the highest honor, being the recipient of the Arima Prize. He is currently a Sound Arts MFA Candidate at Columbia University.

Cara Stacey (South Africa) is multi-instrumentalist, composer and researcher. She is a classically-trained pianist but also plays different southern African musical bows (umrhubhe, uhadi, makhoyane). Cara holds a BMUS in musicology from the South African College of Music (University of Cape Town), a Masters in musicology in Edinburgh, and an MMus in musical performance from SOAS (London), specialising in southern African musical traditions. Though a classical pianist by training, Cara has studied numerous African instruments, such as mbira, uhadi, umrhubhe and budongo. She studied voice with Anthea Haupt and Joyce Moholoagae. Cara is currently completing her doctoral research through the University of Cape Town, specialising in the makhoyane braced-bow of Swaziland. Cara is a founding member of Inclement Quartet and collaborates with percussionist and drummer Sarathy Korwar in the project Pergola. Her debut album (September 2015) 'Things that grow' features Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Ruth Goller, and Crewdson.

Kubanychbek Kydykbaev (Kyrgyzstan) graduated Kyrgyz National Conservatory. Since his time as a student he has been a laureate of many municipal and republican competitions of musical performers. Since 2002 he has been a soloist with the jazz band "Salt Peanuts," and has performed in international festivals in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, Russia, etc. They have participanted in the annual international festival "Jazz-Bishkek-Spring" in Kyrgyzstan. He has also performed in Kyrgyzstan with various jazz players from the USA, Germany, Austria and Japan. With "Salt Peanuts," he has performed in charitable concerts in all regions of his country, including concerts for children from orphanages, hospitals and boarding schools. In the summer of 2013 he passed exams for Berklee College and won a partial scholarship, but due to financial circumstances he couldn't attend. Presently, he is teaching at the Kyrgyz National Conservatory in the saxophone department.

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Camilo Ángeles (Peru) started playing the flute at the age of 9. Started doing music improvisation 6 years later and he did numerous collaborations with interdisciplinary projects of theater, contemporary dance and plastic and visual arts. He is working with his septet "Nicotina es Primavera" (Nicotine is Spring) since 2013.
In the last eight years he has been moving around Bogotá, Buenos Aires, New York City and Lima, and he has been playing on tour with "Nicotina es Primavera" in Uruguay, Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Perú and published one record with that band called "Huesos Jueves" (Thursdays Bones), and they are going to the studio on April of 2016 to record the music they are playing now that will be the second album of the band.

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Benjamin O'Brien (USA, living in France) composes, researches, and performs acoustic and electro-acoustic music that focuses on music similarity, translation, and machine listening. He holds degrees in music composition and mathematics from the University of Florida (PhD), Mills College (MA), and the University of Virginia (BA). Benjamin has studied computer music, improvisation, and theory with David Bernstein, Ted Coffey, Fred Frith, Paul Koonce, Roscoe Mitchell, and Paul Richards. His compositions have been performed at international conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Conference, Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, and SuperCollider Symposium. His honors include the Elizabeth Crothers Award for Outstanding Musical Composition (Mills College), International Electroacoustic Music Young Composers Awards Finalist (Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology), and International Audio Artist Finalist (Radical dB Festival). His work is published by Oxford University Press, Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Canadian Electroacoustic Community, and Taukay Edizioni Musicali.

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Kato Change (Kenya) is a self-taught guitarist whose technique was nurtured by an emerging online community of musicians on YouTube. His self-directed style draws from a heritage of jazz legends as well as African, Flamenco, Blues and rock. In 2012, Kato was a Fellow in the U.S Department of State's One beat program. The residency and tour brings together musical leaders from around the world to develop global understanding through collaboration and artistic excellence. He has been the Lead guitarist in African projects; Tusker Project Fame and Coke Studio Africa. He has played and recorded with Neyo, Salif Keita, Seun Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Yemi Alade and Omar lye Fook among others. In December 2015, Kato released his debut album, 'The Change Experience'; a collaborative journey, with each artist sharing a unique perspective on creating music. Kato strums regularly alongside his jazz ensemble and several other groups in Nairobi.

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Andy Thierauf (USA) is a Philadelphia-based percussionist and composer who specializes in the creation and performance of contemporary music. He is particularly interested in the commingling of percussion with theater, dance, and technology. Andy is half of stb x at, a dance/percussion duo with dancer and choreographer Sean Thomas Boyt. The ensemble has performed at various universities, art galleries, and non-traditional venues across the Midwest and Philadelphia. A native of Cincinnati, OH, Andy received his B.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and M.M. from The Ohio State University.

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Victoria Trillo (Spain) is a singer, composer, performer and creator of sound ambients based in Granada. Her beginnings are outlined in blues, funk, and mediterranean music. Since 2005 she's engaged to musical researching with improvisation and loop based composition, as the works she's done for Teatro de lo Inestable (several music creations for theatre from 2010 until today), the collaboration on PEN/NEM (an audiovisual researching group) the last four years. Or her alter ego, VickyLeaks (project that starts in 2013), where she performs on her own with different instruments and a loopstation, seeking new forms of composition and writing, leading to the breakdown of the musical structure based on the refrain, where the essence and pure emotion that underlies the musical expression is sought.

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Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Daniel Pencer (Canada) received a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory (MM '14) in Contemporary Improvisation working closely with Hankus Netsky, Anthony Coleman, and Joe Morris. He attended the World Music Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2015 where he furthered his studies of Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Arabic music. An avid globetrotter, Daniel traveled to South Africa in 2012 to compose, along with his brother, Matthew Pencer, and Xhosa musician, Tandiwe Nofirst Lungisa, the award winning sound design for the world renowned theatre production, Mies Julie. In April of 2016, the production will open at the Bouffes Du Nord in Paris. In 2008, he received a Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowship to study Hindustani classical music with tabla master Ustad Ilmas Hussein Khan and clarinetist Shri Guari Shankarji in Lucknow, India. Daniel performs and tours regularly throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Bassist/vocalist Brittany Karlson (USA) is an adventurous musician with roots in jazz, folk, and improvised music. She regularly performs throughout New England and across North America and Europe in a vast array of ensemble settings. She is an active member of American old-time quartet The Goodbye Girls, whose schedule includes numerous international tours, including performances at Stockholm Folk Festival and Newport Folk Festival. As a leader and composer, Brittany performs under the moniker Karl and released her debut album titled Feast Day on Lungbasket Recordings in January 2015. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Brittany currently resides in Boston, MA. Under the instruction of David Tronzo, she completed a bachelor's degree in Performance and Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music.

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Natalia Arroyo Rodriguez (Mexico) began to play the violin at the age of 7. She studied at Morelia Conservatory, and then in Buenos Aires, Argentina she studied tango with Rodolfo Mederos where she was the first violin at the Tipical Tango Orchestra. For two years she lived in a farm in the Andes region near musicians who played in all the festivities from the region. She has played in world music festivals like the Smithsonian, Rainforest Malasia, Autumn Festival in Paris, Pretoria, South Africa, Colombia, Chile, Austria, Dominican Republic and Argentina. Since 2012 she has worked with biologists in different islands where she composes songs about native birds species. She also works with Lassana, a Mali musician who plays the balafon in Afro communities in Mexico, where she teaches and makes concerts. BBC Radio made a special show for her soloist work on which she sang, composed, arranged, and played violin and jarana.

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 Agency, the Australian Council for the Arts and the Friends of Omi. Supported in part by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department.

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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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