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1. How do I get to MasterWorks?

By Plane
The closest airport is Louisville International Airport.

Driving Directions
The address for Campbellsville University is 1 University Drive, Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718

Campus Map

Campbellsville University campus map

2. Can I keep my car at MasterWorks?

Yes, students are permitted to have a car on campus. Parking is free, and guidelines are given to drivers upon arrival.

3. Can I apply to more than one program?

Due to the busy schedule each program maintains, it is typically impossible for students to be involved with more than one program at a time. One exception could be a student participating in SISP who wishes to participate in the orchestra program. Approval is required from the appropriate faculty member, provided there is an opening in the orchestra. Since MasterWorks masterclasses are open to the whole festival, students enrolled in a particular program (e.g. Orchestra) are encouraged to attend classes offered by the other programs (e.g. Piano), provided no schedule conflicts occur with the student’s program.

4. How can I apply to be a student counselor?

Counselors must be at least 21 years of age. First apply to your selected program. Once you receive acceptance, you must email Chip Hill (chip@christianperformingart.org) to inquire about a Counselor Application. Applications are due by March 19, 2023. Counselors are chosen by the MasterWorks administration. Students will be notified of decisions.

Counselors are awarded a scholarship of one-half of the $4,500 tuition.

Counselor positions cannot be combined with work study.

5. I’m an international student. Is there any special information that I need to know?

  • English proficiency: All correspondence between a prospective student and the MasterWorks Festival office must be done in English. While at the festival, all lessons, MasterClasses, and rehearsals are conducted in English. Translation opportunities are very limited.
  • Payment of tuition and fees: All fees are to be paid in U.S. currency (USD). Money orders, checks from a U.S. bank account, and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) are accepted. Please email sharalynn@christianperformingart.org if you are having difficulty making a payment.
  • Visa appointment: Please notify the office and Dr. Hill 14 business days before your scheduled visa appointment at the appropriate embassy/consulate. Please allow at least 14 business days to receive a letter that must be taken to the appointment. While there, you must obtain a tourist visa. If you require more than a letter, email chip@christianperformingart.org. Failure to give the office ample notification may result in fees incurred at your expense.

If you have further questions, please email chip@christianperformingart.org

6. What do you recommend I select for my excerpts?

MasterWorks Festival does not specify which measures or which excerpts should be submitted. Each student should consult his/her personal teacher to determine an appropriate excerpt based on personal playing ability. MasterWorks does not supply students with sheet music for these excerpts. Students should consult music libraries, personal teachers, sheet music vendors, or the websites imslp.org or violinexcerpts.com for appropriate excerpts.

7. What should I pack for my time at MasterWorks?

We recommend you bring the following:

  • Music you want to perform or learn
  • Folding music stand
  • Concert black
  • Outdoor clothes for those ultimate frisbee, soccer, and volleyball games, or impromptu biking trips
  • Clothes (dress code appropriate) for hot summer days and cooler evenings
  • Smart phone
  • Spending money
  • Towels, sheets, a pillow, and a blanket
  • Extra blanket if you get cold easily
  • Laundry detergent
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray and sunscreen
  • Pencil
  • Toiletries
  • Bible and journal for quiet times
  • A heart ready to seek God and encourage others this summer!

8. What is concert dress?

Concert Dress for Men:
Black dress slacks; white button-down, long-sleeve dress shirt; black socks; no tie. No coat or blazer and no tuxedo.

Concert Dress of Women
Ankle or calf-length black skirts or dressy black pants; black pantyhose or socks; black dress shoes and ¾ length or longer sleeve black tops. Due to the abundance of low-rise pants, please be sure your back is completely covered and no undergarments are showing when sitting or standing, as this is unprofessional.

9. What are the dining options at MasterWorks?

Information for MasterWorks 2023 will be updated when available.

Breakfasts and dinners, as well as Sunday lunches, are optional, allowing students to enjoy the campus and the surrounding area. Lunches are mandatory Monday through Saturday. Important festival announcements and faculty devotionals are presented at this time.

10. What does a day at MasterWorks look like?

7:30-8:30 a.m. – Prayer meeting (optional)
8:00-8:30 a.m. – Breakfast (optional)
9:00-11:45 a.m. – Program meetings and rehearsals
12:00-12:30 p.m. – Lunch (required)
12:30-1:00 p.m. – Faculty devotionals (at lunch)
1:00-1:45 p.m. – Quiet time
2:00-5:30 p.m. – Lessons, coaching, practice, recitals, masterclasses, and/or free time
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Dinner (optional)
6:30-8:00 p.m. – Bible study (Monday-Thursday)
Concerts are held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm. Students who are not performing are required to attend concerts.

11. Can I have visitors while attending MasterWorks?

Day Visitors
Family and friends are welcome to attend rehearsals, concerts, and other festival activities.

Overnight Visitors
There is no campus lodging available for guests. Visitors will need to secure their own accommodations off-campus.

12. Is there a curfew?

On weekdays, students under the age of 18 must be in their dorms by 11:00 p.m, and in their rooms by 12:00 a.m. On weekends, students under the age of 18 must be in their dorms by 12:00 a.m, and in their rooms by 1:00 a.m. There is no curfew for college students.

13. What is the weather like in Campbellsville?

The weather in June and July can range from the upper 80’s to the lower 60’s (degrees Fahrenheit).  The heat index can be in the upper 90’s.  The average humidity is projected to be 77-78%.

14. I would like to attend MasterWorks, but I’m too old/young. Should I still apply?

Yes, you may still apply. Please contact Chip Hill (chip@christianperformingart.org) first to discuss your situation. MasterWorks considers admitting students who do not fall into the typical age bracket on a case-by-case basis.

15. What is the history of the MasterWorks Festival?

The MasterWorks Festival is an outreach of the Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship (CPAF). The Festival began in the summer of 1997 with 55 students. In 2018, the Festival moved to Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. As of 2023, MasterWorks will be located in Campbellsville, KY on the campus of Campbellsville University.  For more information regarding the history of CPAF, please visit our history page.

16. How can I support the MasterWorks Festival?

We are glad you asked! We rely on generous donors to make the Festival as affordable as possible. You can support the ministry in a number of ways. Please consider sponsoring a student, establishing a planned-giving fund, or setting up a scholarship fund. Please click here for more information.

17. Who serves as MasterWorks Faculty?

A listing of faculty for the 2024 MasterWorks Festival is accessible by clicking on Faculty in the Main Menu. Past faculty members include Phil Smith, Miriam Burns, Mia Chung, Stephen Tavani, David Geir, Daniel Meyer, Andrew Sewell, and Luis Haza.


18. How do I apply to the MasterWorks Festival?

Students can apply for the festival online here. Before beginning the application process, please review audition requirements and expectations for each program and instrument.

19. What performance opportunities will I have while at MasterWorks?

MasterWorks places a high value on performance opportunities for students. The orchestra will perform on Saturday nights. Typically an individual student will be selected to perform an interlude prior to intermission.

Piano, SISP, and Orchestra students will perform in studio classes, recitals, chamber music opportunities, and masterclasses.

20. What are the residential accommodations?

Students will be housed in Campbellsville University’s residence halls.

Virtual tours of the Campbellsville University residence halls can be found using this link.

Students are responsible for bringing their own linens. Students can also purchase linens from the Festival for $60.

21. What is the dress code?

Generally, dress is casual. Students and Faculty should also bring appropriate concert/recital attire. (See Question #8 on this page.) The purpose of MasterWorks is to glorify God, which should be reflected in students’ dress at all times. Please abide by the following guidelines:

  • No particularly revealing clothes
  • Shorts and skirts should be at least “finger-tip length”
  • No bare midriffs
  • Slits in skirts should be modest
  • No sheer or see-through clothes
  • No undergarments showing, including bra straps and boxer shorts
  • Gentlemen are required to wear shirts at all times
  • No low-cut dresses or tops

22. What if I have dietary restrictions?

Please contact the MasterWorks Administrator, Sharalynn Hicks, at sharalynn@christianperformingart.org to discuss. While Campbellsville University can accommodate some dietary restrictions, all food is prepared in a common kitchen.

23. What is the summer mailing address for participants?

Please address mail to participants as follows:

Name of Person

MasterWorks Festival

#1 University Drive  UPO 883

Campbellsville, KY 42718


24. What is the physical address of Campbellsville University?

Campbellsville University

1 University Drive

Campbellsville, KY 42718