Fellowship Program

June 22 - August 3, 2019 (6-week program)
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Please check back in November to apply for the 2019 Festival!

Instruments used in this program:

Program overview

The Bowdoin International Music Festival Fellowship Program, created in honor of Festival Co-Founder Lewis Kaplan, is a fully-funded opportunity for 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 high standards for entry make the Fellowship program among the most respected in the nation.

As part of the Community Concert series, the Fellows engage with various audiences in non-traditional performance venues such as breweries, coastal resorts, libraries, community centers, care centers, and museums. 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 the Festival 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.

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

Fellows are defined by their advanced artistry, command of their instrument, and commitment to outstanding musical experiences. A summer at the Festival 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 the arts.

Program Details




  • Full tuition, room, and board
  • Flexible schedule
  • Free tickets to events
  • HD video recordings of performances
  • Live streaming of performances and masterclasses
  • Photo sessions with photographer-in-residence

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

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

Application Requirements

Audition Videos

Videos may be uploaded or linked from YouTube or Vimeo.

  • Strings, Piano applicants please submit two contrasting pieces of any length that best represent your current level of playing. An accompanist is encouraged, however, not required.
  • Wind applicants please submit
    • Exposition of the first movement of a Mozart concerto
    • An additional work of your choice
    • An orchestral excerpt of your choice
    • A contemporary piece demonstrating proficiency with basic extended techniques i.e. flutter tonguing, double stops, harmonics, double tonguing for double reed players.
  • Composition applicants please submit two original scores in PDF format and recordings of each of the scores. MIDI realizations are acceptable.

Letter of Recommendation

You will need to provide your recommenders email address. Please tell them to expect an email from SlideRoom requesting an electronic submission of your recommendation.

Application Fee

  • Application Deadline: January 21, 2019, 11:59 PM EST
  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $119