Young Artist Summer Program: A Teaching Festival Online

Saturday, July 11–Saturday, August 1, 2020

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1. Prepare

Prepare supplementary materials.

A digital photo of yourself, from which a photo ID will be generated. The photo must be full-face view directly facing the camera with both eyes open, no glasses, and no hat or head covering that obscures or shadows your face. (Head coverings worn daily for religious purpose are allowed.)

Contact information for current private teacher. Once you submit your application, your teacher will receive an email with directions from the application system to submit a recommendation letter online. Please coordinate with your private teacher, so that they are ready to submit the recommendation letter promptly once you have applied.

A list of what you’ve played in the past, solo, orchestral and/or chamber works; indicate with an asterisk* the pieces you have been working on for the past year.

Composers: a list of works written, with an asterisk* on the pieces you have completed in the past year.

Your video audition (or composition files if applying as a composer) is the most important part of your application. See below for specific video requirements. Smart-phone video is accepted as long as the image and sound is clear.

In a short video statement, please address three topics. The statement should be made in English.
1. One meaningful highlight of your musical studies.
2. What do you hope to learn by attending this summer program?
3. How do you see music playing a role in your future?

2. Apply

Click "apply now" and create an account on the application platform. Complete the application. Pay the application fee on the application platform: $90.*

Applications are rolling until positions are full. Final deadline will be June 15 at noon EST.

*To request an application fee waiver, email Please include in your message description of financial need in the form of a previous scholarship award at school, SAT fee waiver, etc.

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3. Receive Notification

Applicants will be notified of their status by email (acceptance, waiting list, or no admittance). For those accepted, the notice will include directions on tuition and housing payments.


Video Audition Requirements:

Two sample compositions with PDF scores and mp3 recordings, if available. 

Your video conducting sample should include performances or rehearsals of any type of ensemble, lasting no less than ten and no more than fifteen minutes. Video of conducting a premade recording rather than a live ensemble will not be considered. Front-facing, with clear quality and sound is strongly preferred.

Suggested timing for the whole recorded submission is 10 to 15 minutes. Piano accompaniment where appropriate is recommended but not required. Some departments permit latitude in the selection of works to be submitted, while others require specific repertoire:

Violin, Viola, Cello

Your recording must include three contrasting selections: one movement of a solo Bach work, a classical period work, and one work of your choice in a style that contrasts with the others.

Double Bass, Harp, Woodwinds, Brass

Your recording must include two contrasting pieces or movements that represent your level of accomplishment.


Your recording must include two contrasting pieces or movements on instruments of your choice. You are encouraged, but not required, to include a mallet instrument.

A video sample of your playing, lasting under 30 minutes and including three contrasting selections of music:

  1. Solo Bach work
  2. One movement of a classical period work
  3. One work of your choice in a style that contrasts with the others




The Curtis Institute of Music highly values a diverse international student body. Curtis Summerfest welcomes all applicants regardless of race, geographic origin, religious background, socio-economic level, gender, or sexual orientation.

Applications to the Curtis Institute of Music and/or Curtis Summerfest are separate. Entries, materials and fees are not transferable. If applying to both, applicants should submit all items separately and in duplicate if required. Please refer to the program and application pages on this site for specific faculty rosters, application requirements, and program overviews. Enrollment in Curtis Summerfest garners no preferential treatment when auditioning for the conservatory in concurrent or subsequent years. Please contact for questions regarding Curtis Summerfest (summer programs) admissions, and for questions regarding Curtis Institute of Music (conservatory) admissions.