Instrumental Program

Session 1: June 23 – July 14, 2018
Session 2: July 14 – August 4, 2018
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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, 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.

The students at Bowdoin are defined by their dedication, 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

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.

Resident Assistant

If you would like to be considered for a resident assistant (RA) position, you must complete the RA portion of the application.

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 admissions, financial assistance, and housing assignments.

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.

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.

Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee.

  • $99 on or before 11:59 pm EST on January 22, 2018
  • $149 after 11:59 pm EST on January 22, 2018


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