Join us this Summer by filling out the application below!
Applications due April 1st
Our 2023 Summer Chamber Music and Community Opera Program offer instrumentalists and singers a unique opportunity to study and perform alongside renowned Artist Faculty in solo, chamber and opera/opera chorus repertoire in stunning coastal Downeast Maine.
Participants work with internationally acclaimed artists and teachers in chamber coaching sessions, opera chorus-orchestral rehearsals, and opera staging rehearsals. Instrumental participants will be able to perform alongside the Downeast Chamber Orchestra in performances of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. Our Artist Faculty enjoy busy performing careers both in America and in Europe and teach (or have taught) at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Bard College Conservatory, NYU, Mannes School of Music, the Rome School of Music, Drama and Art at Catholic University, Bowdoin college, among other conservatories both in America and in Europe.
Unlike the typical "student-teacher" dynamic at many music programs and festivals, we believe that participants learn best by getting on stage and doing rather than simply watching and taking lessons. We believe that all participants, no matter what age or level, have valuable ideas and contributions to make. We strive to honor that by creating a respectful environment where participants and artist faculty mix and intermingle, creating a musical community based on mutual respect and love for music. We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity with regard to identities, backgrounds, opinions and beliefs and seek to create an environment where mutual respect and kindness is the cornerstone and conduit for continued musical growth.
2023 seminars include:
Housing is included in festival fees unless noted
FEES: 2 WEEK CHAMBER MUSIC/ORCHESTRA AND OPERA: $3,ooo
ONE WEEK CHAMBER MUSIC: $1,600.00
ONE WEEK WITHOUT HOUSING PROVIDED: $1,000.00
All fees are non-refundable
THE FOLLOWING SCHOLARSHIPS are available:
ASSOCIATED CHAMBER MUSIC PLAYERS STRING QUARTET RESIDENCY - Thanks to a generous grant from the Associated Chamber Music Players, 4 FULL TUITION scholarships available to 2 violinists, 1 violist, and 1 cellist. This residency includes all tuition and housing costs. Residency awardees are required to be in residence for the entire duration of the festival, and must play in both chamber music concerts and with the Downeast Chamber Orchestra in Barber of Seville.
STUDENT/EMERGING MUSICIAN SCHOLARSHIP- Limited funds are available for student and emerging level musicians based on festival instrumental/casting needs. Applicants are encouraged to reach out; all applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
For those who wish to find their own housing during the festival, we recommend contacting the following business for housing: