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Festival orchestra

String Quartet

Dates and Deadlines

Festival dates are June 5 - 25, 2016. Accepted students must be able to attend the entire festival with arrival on June 4 and departure on June 26.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016.

Application Requirements

The 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, 2016) 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 valued at $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 arrival at the festival with receipt in hand.

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To apply online, please fill out our online application.

For your application to be considered, the 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 recorded performance.  
    • Please provide a link to a high quality video, no longer than 12 minutes, that you have uploaded to YouTube as a 'public' or 'unlisted' video to allow our reviewers to view.  Please see the instructions in the YouTube 'Getting Started" tutorial if you are unfamiliar with the process. One recording is preferred. If you do need to submit multiple files then please email all links to us at festival@coloradocollege.edu.

    A resource you may find helpful is How to Create an Awesome Prescreen Recording

Audition Information:

String players 

Include two solo works or movements 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 excerpts 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

In this order for all applicants.
1. The Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie or the exposition of the 1st movement of the Mozart Concerto through measure 98. 1:30 - (page 1) 
2. Rimsky Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol, 1st mvt, letter C to 11 bars before the end. :30 - (page 3)
3. Stravinsky, Firebird, Variation of the Firebird, complete. 1:30 - (pages 6-7)
4. Brahms, 3rd Symphony, 1st mvt, letter B to 3 after letter C (count all rests) 1:15 - (page 2)
5. Sibelius 1st Symphony, 1st mvt, opening solo. 1:30 - (page 4)
6. Sibelius 1st Symphony, 3rd mvt, :30 - (page 5)
7. Beethoven 6th Symphony, 2nd mvt, 1:00 - (page 4)


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

New this Year: String Quartet Fellowship

The String Quartet Fellowship provides an opportunity for an emerging student string quartet to compete for an opportunity to participate in the festival as a group, and be promoted and nurtured in their work as a formed string quartet adjunct to their broader activities within the festival.

The fellowship quartet lives within the existing orchestra environment and functions as a group within the student population. Every effort will be made in the planning process to afford quartet rehearsal time and intensive coaching with festival string faculty. The members of the group rehearse and perform in the orchestra under the same requirements as the rest of the string students. Additionally the fellowship quartet:

a.) works in chamber music exclusively or semi-exclusively with their designated quartet mates;

b.) is publicized as a formed group and may be deployed in community engagement and other festival activities as an integral group.

Each member of the group needs to apply separately, but include the name of the quartet on the application.  Each member should submit a video of the quartet performance.  No individual videos are needed.  Please include two contrasting movements of your choice from the quartet repertoire.  Each member of the quartet will pay the required fees.

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