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Applications for the 2014 festival are now accepted.

Applications for DOUBLE BASS, BASSOON, CLARINET, HORN, OBOE, PERCUSSION, PIANO and VIOLA are now closed.

DEADLINE: Saturday, February 15.  We will accept applications after February 15 with a $70 application fee payment.  Apply on time for best consideration!

Our online application and payment links are now live.  You may also apply by downloading an application and mailing it to us with your application fee payment.  Please see below for more information.

Dates and Deadlines

Festival dates are June 9 - 29, 2014. Accepted students must be able to attend the entire festival.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014.

Application Requirements

The Colorado College Festival accepts applications for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani/percussion, and piano students.

Interested students should be pre-professional, advanced students. Accepted students will range in age from 16 years old (must be 16 by June 1, 2014) to students at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. 

Fee

Full scholarships that cover tuition and room and board are provided to all accepted students.  A non-refundable application fee of $70 must accompany all applications and a non-refundable $160 registration fee is required upon acceptance. Tuition for this program is normally $2,500. 

Cello and Bass Applicants:  The Festival will offer a travel grant of $200 to accepted cellists and bassists who are flying and need to buy a seat for their instrument.  Payment will be awarded after they arrive at the festival with receipt in hand.

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To apply online, please fill out our online application.

You can also use our downloadable paper application.

For your application to be considered, the Music Festival will need you to complete an application and include:

  1. A letter of recommendation from your principal music instructor.  The letter may be emailed to festival@coloradocollege.edu or mailed to Colorado College Summer Music Festival, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903.
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $70, payable by mailing a check or money order to Colorado College Summer Music Festival, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903, or by making an online credit card payment and noting your payment order number on your application.
  3.  Audition by video or live performance.  
    • If you choose to audition by video, you will need to provide a link to a high quality video, no longer than 15 minutes, that you have uploaded to YouTube as a 'public' or 'unlisted' video to allow our reveiwers to view.  Please see the instructions in the YouTube 'Getting Started" tutorial if you are unfamiliar with the process.
    • If you choose to audition via live performance, you can sign up for one of the following times and locations on our audition calendar (NOTE:   We cannot accommodate percussion instruments at live auditions.  Please submit a video link):
      • Saturday, February 1st from 10:00am to 3:00pm in Chicago, Illinois
        Darnton and Hersh Fine Violins
        30 East Adams
        Suite 1200
        Chicago, IL 60603 
      • Tuesday, February 4th from 9:30am to 3:30pm in Austin, Texas
        Butler School of Music ~ Music Recital Hall Room 5.138
      • University of Texas Austin
        2406 Robert Dedman Drive
        Stop E3100
        Austin TX 78712-1555
      • Thursday, February 6th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm in Cleveland, Ohio UPDATE
        Cleveland Institute of Music ~ Main Building Room 112
        11021 East Boulevard
        Cleveland, OH 44106-1705 
      • Friday, February 7 from 10:30am to 4:30pm in Oberlin, Ohio
        Oberlin Conservatory of Music
        Bibbins Hall 135
        77 W. College St.
        Oberlin, OH 44074
      • Sunday, February 9 from 11:00am to 5:00pm in New York, New York
        Manhattan School of Music  Room 215
        120 Claremont Avenue
        New York, New York 10027
      • Tuesday, February 11 from 11:00am to 5:00pm in Rochester, New York
        Eastman School of Music ~ Louis P. Ciminelli Formal Lounge
        100 Gibbs Street
        Rochester, NY 14604

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Audition Information:

String players 

Include two solo works of contrasting styles, showing your technique and musicality, preferably from different time periods. Accompaniment is preferred but not required. No excerpts are required.

Wind and brass players 

Include the orchestral excerpts listed for your instrument as well as two works or movements of contrasting styles, showing your technique and musicality, preferably from different time periods. Your audition may be solo or accompanied, whichever you feel best showcases your ability. Click on your instrument below to download excerpts. HORN and CLARINET players, please see specific requirements under excerpts.

Pianists

Pianists should include a movement of a chamber work (sonata, trio, quartet etc.) performed within the last year and a solo work of contrasting style, showing your technique and musicality, preferably from a different time period. Please include a repertoire list of chamber works, including sonatas, that you have studied and performed. No excerpts are required.

Timpani/Percussion

See exceprts below.

Excerpts

Flute excerpts (Afternoon of a Faun: solo parts only)
The exposition of the 1st movement of either the Mozart G Major or D Major Concerto is recommended as one of the two works/movements in addition to the excerpts, but not required.

Oboe excerpts
The exposition of the Mozart Concerto is required (music is not provided at link).

Clarinet excerpts
The Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie or the exposition of the 1st movement of the Mozart Concerto is required as one of the two works in addition to the excerpts.

Bassoon excerpts
The Mozart Bassoon Concerto K. 191. Meas. 35-71 is recommended as one of the two works/movements in addition to the excerpts, but not required.

Horn excerpts

The exposition of the Mozart's 1st movement of Concerto No. 2 or No. 4 is required in addition to the excerpts.  Horn students do not need to perform a second work/movement.

Trumpet excerpts

Tenor Trombone excerpts
The first movement of the Casterede Sonata is recommended as one of the two works/movements in addition to the excerpts, but not required.

Bass Trombone excerpts
The opening of the first mvt until ms 80 of the Ewazen Concerto is recommended as one of the two works in addition to the excerpts, but not required.

Timpani/Percussion excerpts