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The Late application for our 2021 season is now open.

As instruments close, they will be posted here:

  • Oboe is now closed, as of 2/24/2021
  • Viola is now closed, as of 3/4/2021
  • Violin is now closed, as of 3/5/2021
  • Assistant Conductor is now closed, as of 3/7/2021
  • Flute is now closed, as of 3/8/2021
  • Bassoon is now closed, as of 3/10/2021
  • Cello is now closed, as of 3/10/2021
  • Trumpet is now closed, as of 3/11/2021
  • Horn is now closed, as of 3/15/2021
  • Clarinet is now closed, as of 3/15/2021
  • Double bass is now closed, as of 3/15/2021


COVID planning - for applicants

Unfortunately, we will not be accepting trombones or percussion for this truncated, 2021 season. However, our trombone and percussion faculty have agreed to present some free master classes online for college level trombonists and percussionists during our season this year. If you are a trombonist or percussionist interested in attending free virtual master classes, you can let us know by emailing with the subject line "virtual master class", and we will keep you posted as plans develop.


While we are planning a traditional, in person 2021 season of the Summer Music Festival it is simply too early to know what might be possible.

Still, we can assure you that the Festival will carry on in some form, and we promise you that our faculty are excited to bring you an exceptional educational experience. Whether in person, online, or some combination of both, accepted applicants can plan on:

  • Private lessons with our notable faculty
  • Socially distanced chamber music and orchestra (if we meet in person)
  • Master classes and creative seminars
  • Faculty panel discussions
  • Free access to live-performed Faculty Artist Concerts
  • All of the warm and welcoming interaction, one-on-one support and extended professional network opportunities that attendance at the Summer Music Festival provides

Please continue to check back. As plans develop and we know more, that information will be posted.


Dates and Deadlines

Festival dates are June 6-25, 2021 with arrival on June 5 and departure on June 26. Accepted applicants must be able to attend the entire festival. Applications will open on November 15, 2020 and will run until all positions are filled.

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Application Requirements

The festival accepts applications for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, piano, and assistant conductor.

Interested applicants should be advanced, pre-professional musicians. Accepted applicants will range in age from 18 years old (must be 18 by June 5, 2021) 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.


A Note for SMF2020 Fellows

Participants of the 2020 virtual Summer Music Festival must re-apply, but we do not need a recommendation, and we are happy to waive your application fee. You may provide new audition materials, or use your materials from last year, at your discretion. Follow the link above to fill out the application. Once you have begun, let Gina know by emailing - she can waive your fee once you have created your account for the 2021 application. Let us know if you have any questions!


Find audition repertoire and information here.

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All accepted applicants attend on a full scholarship, valued at $2,700. 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* 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.

*Due to severe weather and power outages across the country, we will not be launching our more expensive late application and will instead continue to accept applications at the $75 fee rate until all positions are filled. As each instrument's application closes, it will be posted here, and the option will be removed from the application.

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.


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