Instrumental Program

The pre-college instrumental program is a summer intensive for orchestral instrumentalists between 13 and 17.

During the six weeks, participants gain valuable experience through weekly lessons, seminars, studio classes, and masterclasses. The festival faculty members form chamber groups, ensembles, and orchestras to maximize each participant's strength and preference.

The program leverages groundbreaking courses offered by our collegiate level Instrumental Program and provides additional fundamentals courses essential for pre-college aged participants, including choir, theory, and ear training.

Program Highlights

  • 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 Chorus

  • 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

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Program Electives

In addition to the core program, participants may take advantage of the following electives available during the festival season.
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Audition Intensive

Audition Intensive is a special program designed for students preparing for an upcoming audition at a conservatory or a musical institution.

The goal of the program is to help participants channel their focus during the festival in order to create a successful audition portfolio during and after the festival season.

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Brass Intensive (Session 1)

Available during session one, Brass Intensive is a two-week program designed for trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, and euphonium players.

The program's goal is to provide a deep immersion into the brass ensemble and chamber music repertoire. The intensive includes daily performance seminars and coachings from faculty members, culminating in concert performance.

The program complements participants of the Audition Intensive course and provides coverage of a successful strategy for audition portfolio creation during and after the festival season.

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Double Bass Intensive (Sessions 1 & 2)

Available during sessions one and two, Double Bass Intensive is a program designed to provide a deep immersion for students looking to master the instrument.

The program's daily seminars and performance classes complement participants of the Audition Intensive course with coverage of a successful strategy for audition portfolio creation during and after the festival season.

The program is led by Donald Palma during Session One and James Van Demark during Session Two.

Audition Requirements

Those interested should complete the online application and upload the following material via our online application site.

  • Submit audio or video recordings of two to three contrasting works. It is possible to submit movements of works. Selections must represent your current level of musicianship.

  • Recommendations are optional.

Please see Application Procedures for detailed instructions. If you would like to inquire further about the program, please contact us.

Summer 2021 Season


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