How to Apply

Deadlines, Fees, Audition Schedule & more

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, the 2021 fellow roster is complete and auditions will not take place for the 2021 Summer School & Festival.

We look forward to announcing the 2022 Summer School & Festival application and audition season in Fall 2021.

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

Application Deadlines

2022 Festival dates will be announced in Fall 2021

Application Fees

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.

Age Requirements

  • Minimum age is 18
  • Maximum age is 34 (27 for string players)

Audition Locations & Schedule

2022 Festival audition process will be announced in Fall 2021

Alumni Eligibility

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 28 – Aug 7

Arrival: Jun 26

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.

Application FAQs

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

2022 audition requirements will be announced in Fall 2021

2022 Audition Process

2022 Festival audition process will be announced in Fall 2021

For admissions inquiries, please email [email protected]