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How to Apply


Juan Pablo conducting

Dates and Deadlines

Festival dates are June 2-22, 2019 with arrival on June 1 and departure on June 23. Accepted applicants must be able to attend the entire festival. Applications will open on November 1, 2018 and will close on February 15, 2019.


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Orchestra and Chamber Group Audition Excerpts

Will be posted once applications close and the orchestra has been selected.

Application Requirements

The festival accepts applications for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani/percussion, and piano. We also offer a String Quartet Fellowship, for formed string quartets. Each member of the group needs to apply separately, but please include the name of the quartet on the application. Follow the "Apply Now" link in the navigation box on the left to find out more.

Interested applicants should be advanced, pre-professional musicians. Accepted applicants will range in age from 16 years old (must be 16 by June 1, 2019) 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. Pianist also are required to submit a resume and list of repertoire performed.


All accepted applicants attend on a full scholarship, valued at $2,700. The scholarship includes room, board, tuition and a number of extra-curricular activities such as field trips.  A non-refundable application fee of $75* 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.

*The official application deadline is February 15. However, if the application for your specific instrument is still open after this date, you may still apply. The non-refundable application fee after this date is $85. As instrument applications close, they will be posted here.

Please be prepared 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 receipt in hand. If you are an international student who does not possess a social security number, please contact the festival office at (719) 389-6552 before submitting your $200 registration fee.

String Quartet Fellowship: provides an opportunity for an emerging fellow 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 fellow 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. 

The Yas Quartet was our very first recipient of our String Quartet Fellowship for the 2016 season. Read more about them here.