Every summer, the Festival’s instrumental program provides an intensive and in-depth exploration of chamber and solo music for 250 students. The summer institute offers lessons, studio classes, coachings with Festival faculty, and ample performance opportunities.
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 students are defined by their dedication, creativity, curiosity, and passion for excellence in music. A summer at the Festival 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 the arts.
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, Pacifica String Quartets, and Manhattan Chamber Players.
- Private lessons with esteemed faculty (1 per week)
- Studio classes
- Chamber music (2 coachings per week)
- Ample practice time
- Composer lectures
- Seminars with faculty and guest artists
- Young Artist Series performances
- Community Concert performances
- Collaborations with student composers
- Festival orchestra
- Flexible schedule
- Free tickets to faculty concerts
- Livestream of performances and masterclasses
- HD video recordings of performances
- Photo sessions with Festival photographer
Scholarships and Program Fees
The Instrumental program is open to all ages. Most students are between 13 and 30.
Please submit two contrasting pieces of any length that best represent your current level of playing. An accompanist is encouraged, but not required. Videos may be uploaded or linked from YouTube or Vimeo.
If you would like to be considered for a resident assistant (RA) position, you must complete the RA portion of the application. RAs must attend the Festival for six weeks and be 21+. Resident Assistants receive free room and board.
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 admissions, financial assistance, and housing assignments.
Letter of Recommendation
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.
If you would like to be considered for financial assistance from the Festival, you must complete the financial assistance section of the application.
Non-refundable application fee.
- 2020 application fees and deadlines will be announced soon.
- $79 on or before 11:59 pm EST on January 21, 2019
- $149 after 11:59 pm EST on January 21, 2019