Black Teaching Artist-in-Residence Fellow Program

Current BTAR Fellow Status: Applications now open!


UniSound is expanding the scope of its existing Black Teaching Artist program, which supports the artistic practice and professional development of Black music teaching artists in the Pittsburgh region. In the fall of 2024, UniSound will welcome the inaugural UniSound Black Teaching Artist Fellow, who will be selected through a competitive nationwide search. The UniSound Black Teaching Artist Fellowship is a two-year, full-time position for an early career music teaching artist who identifies as Black/of African descent. Due to the current needs of the Pittsburgh ecosystem, for the 2024-2026 session priority will be given to a violin teaching artist. The BTAR Fellow will split their time between teaching private, group classes, and chamber coachings through a partnership with Hope Academy and Guardians of Sound Hip Hop Orchestra. They will also have the opportunity to facilitate workshops in community and educational settings. The BTAR Fellow will also be encouraged to collaborate and perform with local arts organizations (for additional compensation). The fellow will receive a yearly salary ranging from $35,000 – $40,000, a housing/transportation stipend, and opportunities for professional mentorship and networking.

A grant from the Hillman Foundation has funded this program expansion. UniSound is also currently funded by The Heinz Endowments. Previous funders include the Arts Equity Reimagined Fund, The Allegheny Regional Asset District, and an anonymous funder. Applications are now open!

How to apply:

  1. View the BTAR Fellow job description (linked below)
  2. Send your cover letter and resume to Act 3 Consulting Partners via e-mail at by Friday, March 22, 2024. (Please list job title in the subject line). We will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled.

To view the press release, click here. To view the full job description, click here!

Applications are now open! If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please contact us at


Learn about UniSound and our past BTARs

UniSound Impact Video (2022-23 Season)

BTAR Musical Tapestries of Hip Hop and Classical Roots Performance (2020-21 Season)

View performance here

Page Reader Press Enter to Read Page Content Out Loud Press Enter to Pause or Restart Reading Page Content Out Loud Press Enter to Stop Reading Page Content Out Loud Screen Reader Support