Dates:  June 21 – July 19, 2020

Tuition Cost:  $4,200 (discounted tuition till March 16, 2020)

Orchestral performances form the heart of the MasterWorks Festival. This program is open to qualified students ages 14 to 26. Click here for audition requirements.

Students of the orchestral program work side by side with artist faculty of the MasterWorks Festival. During the festival, students study standard orchestral literature and perform weekly concerts. Past guest conductors include David Bowden, Miriam Burns, Delta David Gier, Darryl One, Andrew Sewell, John Nelson, and Daniel Meyer.

Last year in 2019, the orchestra performed great works such as:

  • Symphony No. 2 – Sibelius
  • La Mer – Debussy
  • Symphony No. 3 – Beethoven
  • Symphony No. 4 – Tchaikovsky

2020 Repertoire is still being selected and is subject to change.

Additional performance opportunities include

All students of the Orchestra Program:

  • Rehearse and perform orchestral repertoire
  • Study technique and/or solo literature
  • Receive one private lesson each week
  • Are expected to practice a minimum of 10 hours per week outside of rehearsals

Prayer before rehearsals and performances, mentorship by faculty, and numerous festival-wide spiritual activities nurture the faith and Christian lifestyle of the students. Please refer to the spiritual life page for more information.

Placement auditions take place the first Monday of the festival for both orchestra and chamber music. Students should come prepared to perform a work of their choice. Sight-reading, scales, and arpeggios comprise the rest of the audition.


Orchestra Program Audition Requirements

 Updated October 11, 2019

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed Application & application fee
  2. Current résumé and/or list of musical experiences including repertoire studied/performed and ensemble experience.
  3. A video recording of highest quality containing:

Winds/PercussionOrchestra 3

  • One movement of a standard concerto, sonata, or concert piece
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts


  • Two pieces of contrasting style, one of which is a concerto or a solo piece with orchestral accompaniment (no accompaniment is required for the recording).
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts  (Violinists, see this site for some guidance in choosing standard excerpts.)


  • Two solo pieces of contrasting style
  • Two standard orchestral excerpts

A note about excerpts:

The 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 their level of playing. MasterWorks also does not supply students with sheet music for these excerpts.  Students should consult music libraries, personal teachers, sheet music vendors, or the website for appropriate excerpts.