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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Festival transitioned from an in-person program to the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute (MARLI). All fellows enrolled for 2020 were given the option to defer attendance to 2021. Based on the enrollment deferral results, limited positions for the 2021 Summer School & Festival may be available for select studios and will be announced by early Spring 2021. At this time, the 2021 application and audition process is not available.
Before this program I had the mentality that I was just going to wait until the pandemic to get back to building my career. Now, after Music Academy, I’ve felt empowered to take on projects, make recordings, forge ahead and come at performing from a different angle instead of waiting for things to go back to ‘normal’.
— 2020 fellow
Application Requirements & Deadlines
2021 Festival Application Deadlines Not Currently Available
2021 Voice, Vocal Piano, Collaborative Piano, Instrumental & Solo Piano Programs: $50 (non-refundable)
- Fees can be paid online using a credit card. Money orders, cash and checks are not accepted.
- Out of fairness to all applicants, the application fee cannot be waived.
- Minimum age is 18
- Maximum age is 34 (27 for string players)
Audition Locations & Schedule
Audition process is not currently available for the 2021 Summer School & Festival.
All alumni are welcome to re-apply. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of three summers for all studios.
Festival, Arrival, and Departure Dates
Festival: Jun 14 – Aug 7
Arrival: Jun 12
Departure: Aug 8
Enrollment Security Deposit Fee
A $200 Enrollment Security Deposit is due upon acceptance of a Fellowship invitation. After completion of the summer program the $200 Security Deposit will be refunded minus deductions in the event of loss or damage to any Academy property.
Out of fairness to all enrolled fellows, the Enrollment Security Deposit cannot be waived.
Full Scholarship Festival
All enrolled musicians attend the Summer School and Festival on full-scholarship, including free tuition, accommodations, and meals.
Level of education required to apply
There is no minimum education level required. However, please note most applicants are currently in the process of their undergraduate or graduate degrees in music.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are not required.
International Applicants & Documentation
International students are welcome to apply. All instruction and communication at the Music Academy is offered in English. A basic understanding of written and spoken English is expected of program participants.
International students do not need any special documentation to accompany the application. If enrolled, international students must have an United States F-1 student visa and Form I-20 (certificate of non-immigrant student status) or OPT (optional practical training) status covering the summer festival dates. Canadians are visa exempt but still must have Form I-20. US permanent residents must simply provide a copy of the permanent resident card if enrolled. Music Academy staff will help guide international students through the visa process and can issue Form I-20 to those not already enrolled in a US program, but all visa documents and fees are the student’s responsibility. If an international student is graduating from a US school prior to the Music Academy program, the student’s I-20 may be transferred to the Music Academy.
Late Application Submissions
Late application submissions will depend upon the program and/or audition availability. If interested in submitting a late application, please contact the Admissions Office prior to completing the application.
Applying to more than one program of study
Applicants may apply to more than one program (Vocal, Vocal Piano, Collaborative Piano, Instrumental, Solo Piano). An application and application fee is required for each individual program. Should you be accepted into two programs, you would need to select one in which to enroll.
Required Enrollment Materials
- Signed Enrollment Agreement
- $200 refundable Enrollment Security Deposit
- Enrollment Form (to collect important information including your emergency contacts, professional biography, headshot, etc.)
Timeline to receive admissions results
Admissions results will be finalized in early Spring 2021
Audition & Repertoire Requirements
Audition Requirements for Strings, Winds, Brass & Percussion
2021 Audition Requirements are not currently available
2021 Audition Process
The 2021 Summer School and Festival audition process is not currently available