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Discover the Music Within

Saturday, July 11–Saturday, August 1, 2020

 

Challenge yourself to grow in an intensive conservatory environment. The three-week course features personalized attention from celebrated faculty, many of whom are Curtis alumni with thriving pedagogical or performance careers. A comprehensive musical schedule includes private lessons, diverse ensembles, opportunities to perform, and more.

Musicians aged 14 to 22 who have studied privately at the advanced level are encouraged to apply. 

 

Every participant selects one area of focus:

  • Composition participants will receive five lessons during the program.

    —In the first and second weeks, participants will attend a total of four hour-long lessons in pairs in order to gain the additional perspective from observing a deep conversation of a peer’s work. Time in each lesson will be split equally and both participants will receive feedback on their compositions.

    —In the third week, each of the composition participants will have the opportunity to meet privately with the chair of Curtis’s composition department and YASP artistic director, David Serkin Ludwig, for a 45-minute lesson.

  • Daily seminar class featuring discussions about the past and future of composition; advice from performers about how to write for their instruments; and conversations about commissions, competitions, publishing, and other issues composers face today.
  • Orchestral score study
  • A performance and recording of one of your works by Curtis musicians–unique to this program. The chamber work performed by the Curtis Summerfest faculty is written by composition participants before the start of the program. Accepted composition participants are sent specific options for instrumentation. Composers submit scores one to two weeks in advance of arrival. This chamber work will be performed by Summerfest faculty during the composition recitals in the second and third week of the program. Additional short works written during the program may be seen by composition faculty during lessons and the daily seminar, and may be workshopped by peers.

 

A young composer

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Orchestral score study
  • An opportunity to rehearse small and large ensembles of program participants (including a chamber ensemble, an orchestral movement, and a choir selection), conduct in performance, and receive a video recording.

 

A person conducts a small ensemble

  • Weekly private lessons with piano faculty
  • Chamber music rehearsals and coachings. Like a true professional ensemble, groups rehearse daily on their own in preparation for faculty coachings multiple times a week. Students receive chamber assignments a couple of weeks before the start of program and are expected to prepare their parts thoroughly in advance of the program.
  • Piano four-hands rehearsals and coachings. Students receive four-hands assignments a couple of weeks before the start of program and are expected to prepare their parts thoroughly in advance of the program.
  • Weekend recitals (performers are selected weekly by faculty members; each pianist performs at least once with their piano-duo partner and at least once in a mixed chamber ensemble) 
  • All instrumentalists who are accepted to the Young Artist Summer Program are welcome, but not required, to compete in the Concerto Competition.

Those interested in competing will be asked to submit a video recording of one movement of a standard concerto about six weeks before the start of the program. You may use a score for the video recording, but should you be selected to participate in the final round, your performance must be from memory. For the video, an accompanist is encouraged but not required. A panel of faculty judges will select ten finalists to go forward to the final round. Finalists will be notified by e-mail a week before the program begins. Each finalist will have ten minutes in front of a live jury during the first week of the program. Three prize-winners will be chosen. The first-prize winner will perform on one of the final concerts.

 

A young pianist

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Chamber music rehearsals and coachings. Like a true professional ensemble, groups rehearse daily on their own in preparation for faculty coachings multiple times a week. Students receive chamber assignments a couple of weeks before the start of program and are expected to prepare their parts thoroughly in advance of the program.
  • Orchestra: daily rehearsals and weekly recitals, with the opportunity to work with three different conductors. Students receive practice parts a couple of weeks before the start of program and are expected to prepare their parts thoroughly in advance of the first rehearsal.
  • Sectional coachings of orchestral repertoire
  • Studio classes, varying by instrument
  • Performances: Each week, participants are nominated by faculty to perform at the weekly chamber recital. All participants will perform at least one movement of a chamber piece at least once during the course of the program.
  • All instrumentalists who are accepted to the Young Artist Summer Program are welcome, but not required, to compete in the Concerto Competition.

Those interested in competing will be asked to submit a video recording of one movement of a standard concerto about six weeks before the start of the program. You may use a score for the video recording, but should you be selected to participate in the final round, your performance must be from memory. For the video, an accompanist is encouraged but not required. A panel of faculty judges will select ten finalists to go forward to the final round. Finalists will be notified by e-mail a week before the program begins. Each finalist will have ten minutes in front of a live jury during the first week of the program. The first-prize winner will perform on one of the final concerts.

 

 

A young percussionsit

 The whole program, about 100 students, comes together through:

    • Daily all-program choir
    • Eight sessions of musical studies class
    • Two sessions of rhythm class led by percussion faculty members 


  • October 2019: Applications available
  • January 17, noon EST: Applications due. An additional $35 late fee will be assessed on applications submitted after this date.
  • February: Notification of admission and financial aid status provided to all applicants who submitted by January 17 deadline. Tuition and housing payment will be due shortly after notification, with the option for accepted applicants to inquire about installment plans.
  • July 11: Arrival and Check-In Day
  • August 1: Final performances and Check-Out

*Those who apply after January 17 receive notification of admission and financial aid status on a rolling basis, as space remains available.

  • Application Fee: $90 / $125*
  • Tuition: $3,500
  • Housing and Dining: $2,650**

*Application fee: $90 before noon EST on January 17, 2020; $125 (after January 17). 

**Includes three unlimited meals per day, housing in Lenfest Hall, and residential activities. Does not include travel or medical care. Local musicians are welcome to commute.

Acceptance to the Young Artist Summer Program is need-blind. Limited financial assistance from Curtis Summerfest may be available, but is not guaranteed. Notice of financial assistance awards will be included in the acceptance status e-mail.

Students and parents are also urged to seek financial assistance from local sources: self-organized fundraisers; school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanas, etc.); businesses; local churches; and foundations.

Merit-based financial assistance

To apply for merit-based financial assistance, see section (Scholarship) of the online application. Answer “Yes” to the first question in this section (“Are you applying for merit-based financial assistance?”).

No further action is required to be considered for merit-based financial assistance.

Need-based financial assistance

To apply for need-based financial assistance, upload the following to section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.

U.S. citizens:

      • The Young Artist Summer Program 2020 Financial Assistance Application, on Section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.
      • All parent/guardian 2018 tax returns
      • All parent/guardian 2019 W2 forms (include 2018 if W2 form not yet available)

International applicants:

      • The Young Artist Summer Program 2020 Financial Assistance Application, on Section 4 (Scholarship) of the online application.
      • Copies of all parent/guardians’ most recent bank statements, in English or with translation provided
      • Letters, in English or with translation provided, from all parent/guardian employers stating total wages earned from January 2018–December 2018.

The majority of YASP applicants are dependent upon parent or guardians. If you are an older applicant and are financially independent, income documentation should be your own.

Canadian citizens

Musicians who reside in Canada are invited to apply for the Council for Canadian American Relations Cross-Border Summer Scholarship, which covers tuition, housing, and dining for those who might not otherwise have the financial resources to participate. One Canadian applicant from those accepted into the program will receive notification of this award by e-mail. Applicants who wish to be considered for this scholarship should complete the need-based financial assistance application on the Scholarship page of the online application.

George Walker Fellowship in Composition

The George Walker Composition Fellowship is named in memory of the late composer and pianist, a Curtis alumnus. The fellowship is offered through a unique partnership between the Curtis Institute of Music and the Ritz Chamber Players, and may be awarded to a promising young composer of color participating in the Young Artists Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest who demonstrates some of the trailblazing characteristics that were hallmarks of Dr. Walker’s career trajectory and compositions.

The fellowship recipient will receive free tuition as well as complimentary room and board in Lenfest Hall during Summerfest. As a participant at the Young Artist Summer Program, the fellow will write a chamber work to be workshopped, performed, and professionally recorded. The work will receive an additional performance during the 2019–20 Ritz Chamber Players season.

To apply for the fellowship, submit the Summerfest online application, and click the box indicating the George Walker Composition Fellowship. The Fellow will be notified of their award with their acceptance status notification. Curtis Summerfest may defer awarding the Fellowship until future years in the unlikely event no eligible applicants are accepted.

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Long a pioneering figure, Dr. Walker left a profound impact on the landscape of American music and remained active well into his nineties. During his lifetime he published over 90 works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, piano, strings, voice, organ, clarinet, guitar, brass, woodwinds, and chorus. His music has been performed by virtually every major orchestra in the United States.

George Walker graduated from Curtis in 1945, having double-majored in piano and composition. He was one of the first African Americans to graduate from Curtis, the first African American to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, and the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in music. Dr. Walker served as composer in residence for the Ritz Chamber Players from 2008 to 2009, and the ensemble has performed many of his chamber works throughout its long history.