Steelgrass Residency

The Steelgrass Residency is a collaboration made possible by the vision and generosity of the Lydgate family working with Berklee College of Music and the Kaua'i Concert Association. The Lydgates, owners of Steelgrass Farm and the Steelgrass Recording Studio on the Hawai’ian island of Kaua'i, are building an international community of artists by providing opportunities for artists to be immersed in their craft in an inspiring environment. The properties support composition, creative writing, research, rehearsal, mixing, overdubs, and/or recordings. Up to five faculty are selected on a competitive basis to attend. In addition to working on a professional project of their choice, residents also:

  • Perform in a scholarship fundraising concert hosted and supported by the Kaua'i Concert Association
  • Provide a clinic, workshop or masterclass for the community of Kaua’i
  • Participate in educational outreach at the Ke Kula Ni'ihau O Kekaha School

Steelgrass Residency 2014 Participants:

Jennifer Andrews, Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
Project Goal: continue work on her creative non-fiction novel based on the life and death of her sister, entitled PARTS.

Maeve Gilchrist, Instructor, Strings (with Berklee alum Courtney Hartman)
Project Goal: write, rehearse and record new music centered around guitar, harp and vocal harmonies.

Caroline Harvey, Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
Project Goal: write, stage and record culturally relevant performance poems relating to themes of spirituality, American identity and holy lands. 

Click Here for Steelgrass Residency Brochure & Guidelines

Applications for the Steelgrass Residency 2014 are now closed. 

Residency Dates
The Steelgrass Residency takes place during the first two weeks of January
Faculty recipients receive:
  • Shared room and board
  • Per diem
  • Exclusive use of the recording studio located on the Steelgrass Farm properties
Application Requirements
  • completed online application form
  • Project Description (uploaded as Word doc or PDF)
  • Supporting Materials (past recordings, writing samples, or other examples of your work; not required by highly encouraged)
Application Deadline 
Applications typically open at the end of June, with a deadline of late August. 
Selection Process
The residency can accommodate up to 5 faculty participants. Depending on the number of participants involved in each project, more than one project may be selected. A review board including past recipients and administrative representatives will judge applications. Finalists may be invited in for an interview round before final selections are made. Selected faculty will be notified by October 1. 


Kauai Music Recording Studio at Steelgrass

For questions, please contact Ashley Flood at, or 617-747-3017.

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