Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the application deadline?
A: March 1, 2014
Q: What is the tuition?
A: $3,650, plus travel costs to and from the festival
Q: When are the payments due?
A: A $650 deposit is required in order for accepted students to secure their place. Then, the balance of the tuition will be due in two additional payments of $1500, with the final payment due by May 1, 2014.
Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: Yes, there are a limited number of scholarship awards available. These awards are based on exceptional talent, financial need, and the needs of the overall program. Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship may indicate so on their application. Scholarship awards typically do not exceed $750. Priority for scholarship awards will be given to applications submitted before February 15, 2014.
Students are highly encouraged to seek financial assistance from outside sources. Schools, music clubs and organizations, youth orchestras and bands, service clubs (e.g., Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.), businesses, and foundations may be willing to help. Be professional and creative, and start planning early. Check this website for a comprehensive list of organizations that provide scholarships and grants for musicians.
Q: Will I be able to perform on a concert during the program?
A: Yes, all students will have the opportunity to perform as a soloist and as a chamber musician in multiple venues throughout the festival.
Q: How many lessons will I have?
A: Each student will have two private lessons per week. Instrumentalists will have additional chamber music coachings, and singers will have vocal coachings. Composition students will also have composition seminars.
Q: Will the concerts be recorded?
A: Yes, all performances will be recorded, and students will have access to these recordings after the festival.
Q: What repertoire will I work on?
- Singers: singers will need to bring at least five pieces to work on: one of which should be an aria, two of which should be in Italian (the aria may be in Italian, if you wish.) Additional vocal assignments may be made on site, for example working on a duet or trio, or working on a piece by a student composer.
- String Players: chamber music repertoire assignments for string players will be made prior to the festival, and students should plan to arrive with this music prepared. String players should have additional repertoire to study and/or perform which may include a sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied Bach. Additional assignments may be made during the course of the festival, which could include collaborating with a student composer.
- Pianists: collaborative assignments for pianists will be made prior to the festival, and students should plan to arrive with this music prepared. Pianists should have additional repertoire to study and/or perform which may include a sonata or concerto. Additional assignments may be made during the festival, which could include collaborating with a student composer.