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About the Festival

June 27 – August 8, 2020
Brunswick, Maine
250 Students
70% Receive Scholarships

STUDY

  • Private lessons (1 per week)
  • Studio classes
  • Chamber music (2 coachings per week)
  • Ample practice time
  • Composer lectures
  • Seminars with faculty and guest artists

PERFORM

  • Young Artists Series performances
  • Community Concert performances
  • Masterclasses
  • Collaborations with student composers
  • Festival orchestra

BENEFITS

  • Flexible schedule
  • Free tickets to faculty concerts
  • HD video recordings of performances
  • Live streaming of performances and masterclasses
  • Photo sessions with photographer

Compare Programs

Use the drop-down menus to change and compare our 5 programs:
Instrumental, Fellowship, String Quartet, Collaborative Piano, Composition

Student Life

Students over the age of 13 are housed in Bowdoin College dorms and apartment buildings. During the enrollment process, accepted students may indicate roommate requests.

  • Dorms are monitored by student and staff Resident Assistants
  • Double and triple occupancy rooms
  • A pillow, linens, towel, and a blanket provided (hangers are not provided)
  • Washers and dryers are available in every residence hall. To use the machines, first go to the summer programs office in Coles Tower to load cash onto your ID card. Laundry detergent is not provided.
  • Students 17 and under have curfew

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided by the award-winning Bowdoin College dining hall. Students describe the food as “exceptional” and “amazing.” Meals are a great time to socialize with chamber groups and friends, connect with Festival faculty and staff, and meet other students.

Dining Hall Hours
Breakfast: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Activities and trips may include:

  • Bradbury Mountain
  • Cliffs Trail costal hike
  • Monhegan Island
  • Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
  • Popham Beach
  • Soccer games
  • Yoga sessions
  • Fresh seafood at coastal restaurants
  • Visits to art museums

We use the facilities of Bowdoin College during the six-week Festival. A small, beautiful, and safe campus, students can walk from one side to the other in under ten minutes. Students are housed in Bowdoin College dorms and apartment building and have access to Bowdoin’s libraries (including Beckwith Music Library), museums, athletic complex, and playing fields. Performances take place in the college’s state-of-the-art Studzinski Recital Hall.

Brunswick, home to about 20,000, includes many great restaurants, coffee shops, gelato (a Festival favorite), and stores within a short walk of campus. Residence life trips take students to Freeport, a popular shopping destination, and many students enjoy trips to Portland, which was Bon Appétit’s 2018 Restaurant City of the Year.

Day at a Glance

Daily schedules at the Festival vary greatly depending on a student’s focus and interests. The Festival provides freedom for students to plan their own schedules, individual practice, and group rehearsal time.

Below is just a sample of what a weekday at the Festival might look like.

Time Activity
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 AM Private Lesson
10:00 – 11:30 AM Individual Practice
11:30 – 12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 PM Community Concert Performance
3:30 – 5:00 PM Chamber Music Coaching or Rehearsal
5:00 – 6:00 PM Recreational Activities
6:00 – 6:45 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 PM Faculty Concert (students get free tickets!)

 

The Festival Experience

Hear directly from Artistic Directors David Ying and Phillip Ying about studying solo and chamber music in the Festival’s flexible and nurturing environment.

Cost & Financial Aid

Application Fees

Application Fee By January 6, 2020 After January 6, 2020
Instrumental Program $79 $149
Fellowship Program $99
String Quartet Program $99
Collaborative Piano Program $99 $149
Composition Program $79 $149

Program Fees

The following are program fees for the Instrumental and Composition programs. There are no fees for the Fellowship, String Quartet, and Collaborative Piano programs.

2020 Fees 3-Week Session 6-Week Session
Participation Fee $2,000.00 $3,600.00
Room & Board $1,600.00 $1,850.00
Facility Fee $200.00 $400.00
TOTAL $3,800.00 $6,850.00

Applying for Financial Assistance

The Festival is committed to enrolling all admitted students regardless of financial need. All applicants may apply for financial assistance during the application process. Awards are determined on the basis of need and merit. Admitted applicants will receive scholarship details in their acceptance email. In addition, eligible candidates may apply for Resident Assistant positions.

Resident Assistant

Resident Assistants (RAs) act as supervisors in the residence halls and apartments and receive free room and board. This opportunity is available to a limited number of qualified students. It is a time commitment of 5 hours of scheduled work per week, plus being on-call.

  • Six-week attendance
  • 21 years of age +
  • Valid driver’s license (preferred)
  • On-call on a rotating basis
  • Enforce all policies
  • Attend concerts
  • Hold hall meetings
  • Organize social events & outings
  • Check-in and check-out students
  • Arrive two days early

Applicants who would like to be considered for an RA position must submit a statement of interest and résumé that demonstrates related experience in the online application.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted through our SlideRoom portal. The following are the steps you can expect to see in the application. If you have your financial info and audition videos ready, you can complete the application in under 10 minutes!

Start by creating a SlideRoom account. The basic information in your SlideRoom account (name, email, phone, address) will be the info we see in your application.

Then, share some additional information:

  • Age
  • Date of Birth
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Gender
  • Instrument
  • Current Teacher
  • Current School (or most recent school with class year)
  • Have you previously attended the Bowdoin Music Festival?
  • Summer Programs attended in last 3 years
  • How did you hear about the Festival?

Select session and faculty preferences.

Sessions
Session 1: June 27-July 18
Session 2: July 18-August 8

Instrumental applicants may apply to one or both sessions. Fellowship, String Quartet, Collaborative Piano, and Composition applicant must attend both sessions. If instrumental applicants apply to and are admitted to both sessions, you may accept both, or accept one and decline the other.

Faculty
Select first and second choice faculty for each session. If you don’t have a faculty preference, you may ask the Festival to select on your behalf.

*Fellowship applicants may also indicate whether they would like to be considered for the instrumental/composition program if not selected for a Fellowship. Applicants only need to fill out one application.

To complete the financial aid application, you will need your 2018 Tax Return (if independent) or your parent/guardian’s tax return (if dependent).

  • Parent/Guardian Income
  • Parent/Guardian Income Producing Assets
  • Student Income
  • Student Income Producing Assets
  • Number of children and college students that parent/guardian is supporting
  • Proof of Income (Tax Return or International Equivalent)
  • Current School Annual Tuition
  • Current School Annual Financial Aid (total scholarship, loans, and grants)
  • Explanation of Current Financial Situation

Resident Assistants (RAs) act as supervisors in the residence halls and apartments and receive a scholarship to cover full room and board. Requirements and responsibilities include:

  • 6-week attendance
  • 21 years old +
  • valid U.S. driver’s license
  • on-call on a rotating basis
  • enforce Festival policies
  • hold hall meetings
  • organize social events and outings
  • arrive early for training (June 25)

To apply, please prepare the following:

  1. A statement describing why you would like to be considered for an RA
  2. A list of past experiences that qualify you for an RA position

Please review program pages for specific requirements: Instrumental, Fellowship, String Quartet, Collaborative Piano, Composition.

Videos may be uploaded or linked from YouTube or Vimeo.

Please provide one reference. You will need to provide your recommender’s email address. Please tell them to expect an email from SlideRoom requesting an electronic submission of your recommendation. Please ask your recommender to submit your recommendation within seven days of your application submission.

Paying the non-refundable application fee is the last step before submitting your application.

  • Instrumental & Composition: $79
  • Fellowship, String Quartet, Collaborative Piano: $99

Fees increase after the January 6 priority deadline.

You’re done! We look forward to reviewing your application.

The summer I spent with the Festival was one of the most special summers I've ever had. I felt grateful that I was able to spend time with beautiful music in every moment in Maine's beautiful environment. Pei-Shan Lee’s coaching was very helpful, and her performance was amazing and inspiring. Here, I learned not only the art of piano playing but also the art of collaboration. I felt so lucky to study with world-renowned and world-class musicians as a collaborative pianist.
—Chewon Park
I felt imbedded in the fabric of the Festival, which brought the support and encouragement to compose at an elevated level. The Festival created a community, a family for me, and a lifeline to have my work performed in the company of the brightest musical talents of our age.
—Michael-Thomas Foumai
In 2004, as a 15-year-old student, my teachers at the Festival helped me discover my destiny. I fell madly in love with playing chamber music. Over the next four Festival summers I switched from violin to viola and set my sights on playing in a string quartet. My sponsor, Pat Brown, helped make a life of music possible for me and we continue to stay in touch after all these years. Performing and teaching at the Festival with the Dover Quartet has been a dream come true.
—Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Dover Quartet
The Festival helped me develop as an artist and performer by placing me in an environment in which I was challenged and inspired by my colleagues, all of whom had an equal investment in coming together and creating great music. In addition to having great colleagues who will continue to be involved in my musical life, the program provided me with ample opportunities to play for, and work alongside with, the world renowned musicians who are on faculty.
—Bixby Kennedy
I made so many meaningful personal connections at the Festival, and that’s what made it truly special to be there for six weeks. It was one of the most enriching and fulfilling summers I’ve spent thus far on all fronts: not only as a musician but also as a person and as an artist. I won’t forget this experience.
—Kevin Ahfat