Instrumental Program

Session 1: June 24 – July 15, 2017
Session 2: July 15 – August 5, 2017
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No longer accepting applications. Please check back in November for next season’s application.

Instruments used in this program:

The Bowdoin International Music Festival is one of the world’s premiere music institutes, providing an intensive and in-depth exploration of chamber and solo music. Every summer, 250 students make life-long connections with peers, enhance musicianship through study and performance, and engage with world-renowned faculty.

Festival faculty come to Bowdoin from 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. At Bowdoin, these faculty members are dedicated to collaborating with and guiding the next generation’s most promising artists.

Festival alumni are represented in major orchestras, renowned ensembles, and conservatories worldwide. Notable alumni include Jennifer Koh, Emmanuel Ax, James Austin Smith, Derek Bermel, Ray Chen, and many others. Alumni are also represented in chamber ensembles such as the Dover, Navarra, and Pacifica String Quartets, and Manhattan Chamber Players.

The students at Bowdoin are defined by their dedication, thirst for knowledge, creativity, curiosity, and passion for excellence in music. A summer at Bowdoin surrounds students with like-minded peers while offering opportunities and resources to realize these passions, bring joy through music to the lives of others, and prepare for meaningful lives in art.

Program Details Include:

Application Requirements

Audition videos

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

  • Strings, Piano, Double Bass, and Harp
    Please submit two contrasting pieces of any length that best represent your current level of playing. (Having an accompanist is encouraged, not required.)
  • Percussion
    Please submit four pieces: a 4-mallet solo; a timpani solo; a snare drum solo; and a multi-percussion solo.
  • Collaborative Piano Fellowship
    please submit two live recordings of recent performances with instrumental partner(s). Selections should show contrasting styles and represent your best collaboration. Please also upload a copy of your resume and instrumental collaborative repertoire list.

List of Works

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

Place an * next to pieces you have performed.

Collaborative Piano applicants submit a list of collaborative works with emphasis on string repertoire, including duos, sonatas, concerti, and character pieces, organized by instrument, then composer.

Resident Assistant

If you would like to be considered for a resident assistant (RA) position, you must submit a cover letter and resume demonstrating related leadership experience.

Pre-formed Groups

Each instrumentalist must apply individually and be accepted. The group will be coached together, but members will be treated as individuals for the purpose of financial assistance and housing assignments.

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.

Financial Assistance

If you would like to be considered for financial assistance from the Festival, you must complete the financial assistance section of the application (including required documentation) and submit it with your regular application.

Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee in U.S. dollars (includes $30 Decision Desk processing fee).

  • $125 on or before 11:59 pm EST on January 22, 2017
  • $150 after 11:59 pm EST on January 22, 2017


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