Contemporary Performance Program

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Overview

Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Performance Program provides an immersive six-week summer experience filled with music-making at the highest level. Through a combination of lessons, master classes, and performances, participants learn from world-renowned faculty members and collaborate with exceptional peers.

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, which began as an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique).

Leveraging performance as a primary source of learning, participants receive coaching from our instrumental program faculty members and collaborate with our world-renowned composition faculty members and over 50 composer participants.

Musicians can expand their horizons through our core Future Music Lab seminars and the MUGIC™ Lab, a motion sensor course with violinist Mari Kimura.

The festival provides an abundant collaborative ecosystem. Contemporary Performance Program participants are eligible to participate in our traditional offerings, such as chamber music and orchestra. However, those primarily interested in the traditional repertoire are encouraged to apply to our instrumental program.

HIGHLIGHTS

The program features a selection of components based on 2-week, 4-week, or 6-week enrollment.
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Seminars and Masterclasses

Group sessions in the form of seminars and masterclasses provide valuable learning opportunities where participants can leverage the collective insights of peers.
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MUGIC™ Lab

The project began as an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). Access unique courses including Programming for Musicians, MaxMSP Bootcamp, and electronic music seminars.
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Future Music Lab

The project began as an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). Access unique courses including Programming for Musicians, MaxMSP Bootcamp, and electronic music seminars.
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AMF Open Seminars

Our open seminars leverage the collective genius of the AMF community members. Covering a wide range of topics, such as career path, future of music, and even brain science for musicians, the possibilities are endless.
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Access Performance Recording

Participants have access to high-definition recordings of festival performances created by our professional engineering team.
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Contemporary Performance at AMF

The Atlantic Music Festival has established its legacy as a breeding ground for groundbreaking new works, with over 400 original works premiered since its inception. Participants are encouraged to take part in our core mission of supporting the living composers and their music through active collaboration and performance.
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Private Instructions

Meet one-on-one with Atlantic Music Festival's inspiring https://www.atlanticmusicfestival.org/the-festival/artists members.

    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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    Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra

    The Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra provides a unique training ground for musicians with performances of repertoire ranging from traditional to modern music.

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    Chamber Music

    Chamber Music program provides a unique opportunity for musicians to grow and make friends in an intimate and collaborative setting. Over the years, many permanent chamber music groups formed as part of this effort and are still in existence today.

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    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 and baroque interpretation, learning opportunities are everywhere.

    Audition Requirements

    To apply, 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 or movements. Include at least one traditional repertoire (works written before the twentieth century). 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.

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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 applicants. Developed in collaboration with ClassicalMusicians.org, 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.