At the Festival, we foster the growth of our musicians through the study of solo and chamber music repertoire. With about 250 students on campus each summer (typically 175 per session), we cultivate personal attention, encouragement, and nurturing in a setting that includes a broad range of collaborative and supportive relationships and hundreds of opportunities to learn, rehearse, and perform. Our blend of conservatory and music school-based faculty represents some of the most respected musicians who maintain active performing profiles along with a proven commitment to teaching and mentoring young musicians.
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Instrumental, Fellowship, String Quartet, Collaborative Piano, Composition
All students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA or WHO authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
Students 13 and older are housed in Bowdoin College dorms and apartment buildings. During the enrollment process, accepted students may indicate roommate requests.
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
The Festival’s Residence Life team works hard to make the environment at the Festival supportive, caring, and fun. They offer a variety of activities including off-campus trips:
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. Students do not have pre-determined agendas for performances or day-to-day activities. Instead, students are surrounded by world-class faculty, inspiring peers, terrific facilities, and hundreds of opportunities to learn, rehearse, and perform. Students take these resources and create a schedule that reflects their personal goals for the summer.
Below is just a sample of what a weekday at the Festival might look like. This is not a daily schedule (e.g. students will not have daily lessons and coachings).
|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|
|1:00 – 3:00 PM||Community Concert Performance|
|4:00 – 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!)|
Hear directly from Artistic Directors David Ying and Phillip Ying about studying solo and chamber music in the Festival’s flexible and nurturing environment.
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. If you already have a SlideRoom account, please make sure your contact information is up to date.
Then, share some additional information:
Select session and faculty preferences.
Session 1: Arrive June 24; Depart July 15
Session 2: Arrive July 15; Depart August 5
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.
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.
Note for Fellowship Applicants
Applicants may 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 2021 Tax Return (if independent) or your parent/guardian’s tax return (if dependent).
Scholarship for Maine Students: Thanks to a generous gift from the Bingham Charitable Trust, the Festival will award full tuition scholarships to all accepted Maine musicians who play violin, viola, or cello.
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:
To apply, please prepare the following for inclusion in the online application:
Please review program pages for specific requirements: Instrumental, Fellowship, String Quartet, Collaborative Piano, Composition.
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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.
If your recommender has trouble locating the SlideRoom email, they should email the recommendation letter to Grace Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paying the non-refundable application fee is the last step before submitting your application.*
Instrumental & Composition: $79 by 1/16; $149 after 1/16
Fellowship, String Quartet, Collaborative Piano: $99 by 1/16; $149 after 1/16
The Festival does not want the application fee to be a barrier to submitting an application. If you would like to request an application fee discount, please email Grace Bell at email@example.com.
Maine students may apply for free! Please email Grace Bell for instructions.
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