AMF Institute

    Full-Session: 06/27 – 08/07/2022
    Session One: 06/27 – 07/10
    Session Two: 07/11 – 07/24
    Session Three: 07/25 – 08/07

Composition Program, Conducting Program, Vocal Institute, Piano Institute and Seminar, Collaborative Piano Program, Instrumental Program, and Future Music Lab students may elect to enroll in full-session, double-session, or single-session. All other program participants as well as Fellowship recipients must be in attendance for the full duration of the festival.


The Atlantic Music Festival simultaneously strives to be one of the leading music programs and the most inspiring summer music festival in the world. Every year, the AMF Institute committee seeks young artists who hold extraordinary talent and commitment to music.

AMF Institute offers programs for composers, conductors, instrumentalists, and singers. Those admitted to the AMF Institute receive lessons, coachings, master classes, and have opportunities to perform alongside world-renowned artist-faculty members throughout the festival season.

Participants between the ages of 13 and 17 may apply to our Pre-College Program, which provides foundational training while leveraging AMF Institute's groundbreaking courses.

Hailed as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, Colby College is this year's host to the Atlantic Music Festival.



Institute & Fellowship Programs (18+) » Pre-College Programs (13 – 17)


AMF Institute offers programs for composers, conductors, instrumentalists, and singers. By using this program selector, you may learn more about programs that are available for your discipline.

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Transformative Summer Experience

Atlantic Music Festival continues to be one of the most inspiring summer music festivals in the nation

AMF Institute provides a transformative musical experience for musicians from all around the world. Each year, the festival committee invites over two hundred musicians specializing in composition, conducting, orchestral instruments, piano, and voice, based on their talent and potential to make a difference in this world.

Carefree Environment

Focus on what matters

All participants live on a beautiful, secure, and wifi-connected campus, which houses dorms, state-of-the-art facilities, libraries, and scenic hiking trails. Enjoy all three meals at one of our all-inclusive dining halls, walk through the Museum of Art's 10,000 art collections, or take a plunge at a 25-yard by 25-meter swimming pool at the Athletic Center.

Life-changing Mentorship

Our mentors can provide a turning-point no matter where you are in your artist's journey

Not everyone goes through the same set of challenges. Meeting the right mentor at the right moment can leave you with a lifetime of inspiration or a watershed moment to help you make crucial decisions. Speak with them during private lessons, seminars, and audition intensive courses or feast with them at our communal tables.

Learn By Doing

Performance is the primary source of learning

Whether you are playing in chamber music groups, orchestra, or one of our opera productions, active participation through performance is at the center of learning at AMF. Moreover, participants have access to concerts featuring artists and ensembles-in-residence, so you can witness world-class performances throughout the festival season.

Future of Music

We are deeply committed to the music of today

For over a decade, the festival has catalyzed innovation in classical music through more than 500 world premiere performances and groundbreaking programs such as the Future Music Lab. With open courses covering topics including programming, sensors, and MaxMSP, you can spend the summer asking big questions and pioneer the future of music.

All-Access Learning

Access courses outside your primary area of focus

Our online master calendar makes it easy to audit open courses from any of our programs, even outside your discipline. From topics as interdisciplinary as music business and audition technique to screen scoring, acting, and baroque interpretation, learning opportunities are everywhere.

Make Friends

"A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face."
– Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

Great friends can encourage us to grow and provide support during life's biggest challenges. That's why our single most important mission is to help you develop meaningful and lasting friendships.

Join our communal table where we turn every mealtime into an opportunity to bond or during one of our group events, including music reading parties, sports, game nights, or day trips.

Make An Impact

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."
– Leonard Bernstein

From its inception, the festival not only drew extraordinary talent but attracted musicians with the vision to empower the world through their music. For the last decade, I AM Four Years Old campaign served as a public reaffirmation of this effort. Join us this summer as we once again posit the question of what it means to serve our community.

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Special Announcement

Introducing AMF One

We are excited to announce AMF One, a tuition-free 5-day virtual festival for all 2021 applicants. Developed in collaboration with, participants gain valuable experience through joint projects, including digital presence and career-building for the 21st-century musicians and seminars covering a wide range of topics, such as sensors and programming primer for musicians.

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