Gerald Oshita Memorial Fellowship
The Gerald Oshita Memorial Fellowship and Stipend was established in 1994 in memory of Bay Area reeds player, composer, and sound recording artist Gerald Oshita. Contributed by an anonymous donor, the Fellowship is designated for a composer of Asian, African, Latino, or Native American ethnic background. The Oshita Fellow receives a one-month Djerassi Program residency, during which the recipient is free to compose, study, rehearse, and otherwise advance his or her own creative projects, plus cash stipend.
The Oshita Fellow lives and works in the Program’s twelve-sided Artists’ Barn, which houses the composer’s studio, as well as two visual art studios, a choreography studio, and a photography darkroom. The composer's 600 square foot studio is equipped with a studio grand piano, a MIDI keyboard, and audio playback and recording equipment. It has a private sleeping loft and bathroom. The Oshita Fellow shares a residency session with a small group of other artists-in-residence, typically two visual artists, a media artist, choreographer, and three writers.
Previous recipients of the Gerald Oshita Memorial Fellowship and Stipend are J.D. Parran (1994), Kui Dong (1995), Ushio Torikai (1996), Brent Michael Davids (1997), Roger Kleier (1998), Kotoka Suzuki (1999), William Roper (2000), Seungyon-Seny Lee (2001), Claudio Duran AKA Quique Cruz (2002), Junghae Lee (2003), Fred Ho (2004), Miyuki ITO (2005), Grace Choi (2006), Hubert Ho (2007), Wadada Leo Smith (2008), Ka Ho Cheung (2009), Eun Young Lee (2010), Malika Kishino (2011) and Zachary James Watkins (2012).
Composers interested in applying for the Oshita Fellowship must apply for a residency and be accepted to the Program though the normal process, which has an application deadline of February 15 each year for a residency in the following year. Indicate your interest in the Oshita Fellowship on the front of the application form. Applicants will be notified in August whether they have been accepted into the program and awarded the Fellowship.