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How to Apply

Applications for our 2020 season are now closed.

Dates and Deadlines

Festival dates are June 7-27, 2020 with arrival on June 6 and departure on June 28. Accepted applicants must be able to attend the entire festival. Applications will open on November 1, 2019 and will close on February 15, 2020.

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Application Requirements

The festival accepts applications for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani/percussion, and piano.  Follow the "Apply Now" link in the navigation box at the top of this page to find out more.

Interested applicants should be advanced, pre-professional musicians. Accepted applicants will range in age from 18 years old (must be 18 by June 6, 2020) 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.

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.

*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.

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