Fellowship Program

June 24 - August 5, 2017 (6-week program)
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No longer accepting Fellowship applications. Please check back in November for next season’s application.

Instruments used in this program:

The Bowdoin International Music Festival Fellowship Program, created in honor of Festival Co-Founder Lewis Kaplan, is a fully-funded opportunity for 21 of the most advanced musicians at the beginning of significant careers in music. The program offers the full resources of the internationally-renowned faculty and Festival infrastructure for an intensive and extensive exploration of solo and chamber repertoire. Fellows will perform alongside faculty and guest artists in the Festival’s subscription concert series and work with these artists to enhance technical and interpretive skills. The frequent performance opportunities, intensive study, and the high standards for entry make the Fellowship program among the most respected in the nation.

As part of the Community Concert series, the Fellows will engage with various audiences in non-traditional performance venues such as breweries, coastal resorts, libraries, community centers, care centers, and more. Through these opportunities and mentorship in outreach, Fellows will widen their reach and identify entrepreneurial ways to interact and grow through music.

Festival artists come to Bowdoin from the leading conservatories including Curtis, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman, Indiana, Oberlin, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, New England Conservatory, Peabody, Rice, Royal College of Music, and University of Southern California, among others.

The Fellows are defined by their advanced artistry, command of their instrument, and commitment to outstanding musical experiences. A summer at Bowdoin surrounds Fellows with similarly advanced students while offering opportunities and resources to realize these passions, bring joy through music to the lives of others, and prepare for meaningful careers in art.

Program Details Include:

*This is the only program we offer for which woodwind players are eligible.

*Applicants for this program should be college age or older.

Application Requirements

Audition Videos

(Accepted file types: avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv)

  • Strings, Piano applicants please submit two contrasting pieces of any length that best represent your current level of playing. (Having an accompanist is encouraged, however, not required.)
  • Winds applicants please submit
    Exposition of 1st and 2nd movements of a Mozart concerto
    One additional work that best represents your artistry
    Two contrasting orchestra excerpts
    A contemporary piece OR a video demonstrating proficiency with basic extended techniques i.e. flutter tonguing, basic double stops, harmonics, double tonguing for double reed players.
  • Composition applicants please submit two different, original scores in PDF format labeled with your name, and recordings of each of the scores. MIDI realizations are acceptable. Accepted file types: aac, aiff, m4a, mp3, wav, wma, avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv.

List of Works

(solo, chamber, concerti, études) studied during the past year.

Place an * next to pieces you have performed.

Personal Statement

Explaining what you hope to gain and learn from the Fellowship Program.

Letter of Recommendation

From your current teacher. You will need your teacher’s email address. Tell your teacher to expect an email from Decision Desk requesting him/her to submit your recommendation electronically.

Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars

  • $150 before 11:59 pm EST on January 22, 2017


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