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Audition Information

Interested applicants should be advanced, pre-professional musicians. Accepted applicants will range in age from 18 years old (must be 18 by June 2, 2024) to students at the university, master's, and doctoral levels. While most accepted students are pursuing a degree, you do not have to be currently enrolled at a school to apply.

Applicants must complete and submit an online application, application fee, audition video of posted excerpts (varies by instrument), and letter of recommendation to be considered. Pianists are also required to submit a resume and list of repertoire performed.  

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.


Pianists should include a movement of a chamber work (sonata, trio, quartet, etc.) performed within the last year. Applicants should also include two solo works - one technical, one lyrical - preferably from different time periods. A portion of solo work is also acceptable, in the interest of time. Please upload a repertoire list of chamber works, including sonatas, that you have studied and performed.

Assistant Conductor

Please include a video of any work with either two pianists or an orchestra. Scott Yoo will be administering a score reading exam over Skype. The assistant conductor applicant should be in front of a piano or have their instrument of choice tuned and ready to perform.

How to Apply

All application materials are submitted via SlideRoom. Prior to clicking the SlideRoom Application link above you will want to be prepared to:

  1. Fill out the application form with your personal details
  2. Provide email contact information for your principal music instructor to request a letter of recommendation
  3. Attach your audition video. If posting a YouTube or Vimeo link, you will need to have a link to a high-quality video, no longer than 12 minutes, that you have uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo as a "public" or "unlisted" video to allow our reviewers to view it. You may also upload a high-quality video directly from your computer or DropBox. Audition materials do NOT need to be performed in one take. You may upload as many as 4 items (up to 250MB each). The total of all materials should not exceed 12 minutes.
  4. Pianist only: attach your Piano Repertoire as a PDF or Word document.
  5. Provide a credit card payment for the non-refundable application fee of $75. (Fee goes up to $85 after Feb. 17.) 

If I am accepted, what should I expect?

All accepted applicants attend on a full scholarship, valued at $3,000. The scholarship includes room, board (lunch and dinner), tuition, and a number of extra-curricular activities such as field trips. A non-refundable application fee of $75/85* must accompany all applications and a $200 registration fee ($25 refundable) is required upon acceptance. Accepted fellows are responsible for their own transportation to and from the festival.

You may be asked to pay a $100 room key/ID card deposit fee upon check-in to your housing, which will be returned to you when you return the key at check out.

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 a receipt in hand.

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