Young Artist Summer Program Application 2017-05-26T16:14:25+00:00

2017 Instrument Specific Video Requirements

Viola applications are open. Limited spots available; apply at your earliest opportunity.

Violin and cello applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information on 2018 programs.

Your recording must include three contrasting selections: one movement of a solo Bach work, a classical period work, and one work of your choice in a style that contrasts with the others. Suggested timing for the whole recorded submission is 10 to 15 minutes.

Double bass applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information on 2018 programs.

Your recording must include two contrasting pieces or movements that represent your level of accomplishment. Suggested timing for the whole recorded submission is 10 to 15 minutes.

Woodwind applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information on 2018 programs.

Flutists are encouraged to apply for limited spots available in the Jeffrey Khaner Flute Festival.

Your recording must include two contrasting pieces or movements that represent your level of accomplishment. Suggested timing for the whole recorded submission is 10 to 15 minutes.

Brass applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information on 2018 programs.

Your recording must include two contrasting pieces or movements that represent your level of accomplishment. Suggested timing for the whole recorded submission is 10 to 15 minutes.

Harp applications are now closed. Harpists are encouraged to apply for limited spots available in the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony.

Your recording must include two contrasting pieces or movements that represent your level of accomplishment. Suggested timing for the whole recorded submission is 10 to 15 minutes.

Percussion applications are open. Limited spots available; apply at your earliest opportunity.

Your recording must include three contrasting selections of music:

  1. Cirone: Étude No. 2 from Portraits in Rhythm
  2. One movement of a Bach cello suite, violin sonata or partita
  3. One work of your choice (timpani, marimba, drum set, congas, etc.)
Composition applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information on 2018 programs.

  • Two sample compositions with PDF scores and mp3 recordings, if available. Acceptable formats:
      • Audio or Video: mp3 to be uploaded during the online application process
      • Compositions: PDF to be uploaded during the online application process

    Please note this division’s earlier final deadline: all composition applications are due Wednesday, March 15 at 11:59 a.m. EST. Composers may apply by January 31 at 11:59 a.m. EST to save $60 on the application fee. All composition applications, including those submitted early, will be reviewed after Wednesday, March 15. Composition results will be sent in early April.

Conducting applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information on 2018 programs.

  • A video sample of your conducting, lasting no less than ten and no more than fifteen minutes.
Piano applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall for information on 2018 programs.

A video sample of your playing, lasting under 30 minutes and including three contrasting selections of music:

    1. Solo Bach work
    2. One movement of a classical period work
    3. One work of your choice in a style that contrasts with the others

Audio is not accepted on piano applications.

2017 Application Process, Cost, Financial Assistance

1. Click “apply now” above and create an account.
2. Complete the application.
3. Pay the $125 application fee. Hit final ‘submit’ button on application.
4. Applicants will be notified of their status by email (acceptance, waiting list, or no admittance). For those accepted, the notice will cover details on tuition and housing payments, including a deadline to secure your position. (Equal-installment payment plans may be possible, but we are unable to extend installments beyond Wednesday, May 17.)

Priority Deadline
The priority deadline for applications is 11:59 a.m. EST Tuesday, January 31, 2017. All applications for instrumental and conducting divisions that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed by the committee. After the priority deadline, applications for instrumental and conducting divisions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Due to a high level of interest, we cannot guarantee availability for all sections or instruments after the priority deadline. Instrumental divisions that are no longer receiving applications will be noted on this page under “Instrument Specific Video Requirements.”

Composition Deadline

Please note this division’s earlier final deadline: all composition applications are due Wednesday, March 15 at 11:59 a.m. EST. Composers may apply by January 31 at 11:59 a.m. EST to save $60 on the application fee. All composition applications, including those submitted early, will be reviewed after Wednesday, March 15. Composition results will be sent in early April.

Wait-list
Wait-listed applicants are notified of their status as spaces become available. Wait-listed applicants may or may not be accepted. The waiting list exists until the start of the program. If you wish to withdraw from the waiting list, contact summerfest@curtis.edu so that opportunities may be granted to other qualified applicants.

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Program Cost 2017

  • Application Fee: $65 / $125*
  • Tuition: $3,370
  • Housing and Dining: $2,487

*Application fee: $65 before 11:59 a.m. EST on January 31, 2017; $125 (after January 31).

Applicants who wished to be considered for financial assistance were asked to submit their applications for the program by January 31, 2017. If you still wish to be considered for financial assistance, please inquire at summerfest@curtis.edu to see what possibilities may still be available.

Students and parents are urged to seek financial assistance from local sources such as school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanas, etc.); businesses; local churches; and foundations.

Visit this blog post to see an example of past participant’s fundraising.

Musicians who reside in Canada were invited to apply for the Council for Canadian American Relations Cross-Border Summer Scholarship, which covers tuition, housing and dining for those who might not otherwise have the financial resources to participate. Applicants who wished to be considered for financial assistance were required to submit their applications for the program by January 31, 2016. One Canadian applicant from those who was accepted into the program received notification of this award by e-mail. Applicants who wished to be considered for this scholarship contacted summerfest@curtis.edu for a financial assistance application
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The Curtis Institute of Music highly values a diverse international student body. Curtis Summerfest welcomes all applicants regardless of race, geographic origin, religious background, socio-economic level, gender, or sexual orientation.