Pre-College Program

Season 12 · June 28 – August 8, 2021

AMF Institute's Pre-College programs provide a transformative summer musical experience for gifted young musicians between ages 13 and 17.

Each year, the festival committee invites over one hundred young musicians specializing in composition, orchestral instruments, piano, and voice, based on their talent and potential to make a difference in this world.

Our students spend the summer achieving mastery within their chosen discipline. However, the modularity of our courses makes it possible to audit most interdisciplinary topics.

2021 Season

Program Overview

Here is a broad overview of our programs. Visit your instrument pages for program-specific details.

  • Receive weekly private lessons from our celebrated artist-faculty members

  • Participate in our weekly seminars and masterclasses

  • Opportunities for performances including solo, chamber music, orchestra, opera, and theatrical productions

  • Participate in AMF Choir

  • Take advantage of collegiate level seminars and masterclasses offered by the AMF Institute

  • Our programs are modular and allow students the flexibility to choose from our various course offerings

  • Attend open rehearsals and concerts scheduled throughout the season



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.

Select your discipline/instrument/voice type to view program eligibility:

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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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Application Deadlines

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Summer 2021 Season


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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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