2024 Festival Dates: June 16 – July 14, 2024
Orchestral performances form the heart of the MasterWorks Festival. MasterWorks is a Summer 2024 student orchestra festival. This program is open to qualified students ages 14 to 26, with consideration on a case-by-case basis outside these parameters. Audition requirements are listed below.
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 orchestral concerts. Past guest conductors include Ken-David Masur, David Bowden, Miriam Burns, Delta David Gier, Darryl One, Andrew Sewell, John Nelson, and Daniel Meyer.
Students also have opportunities to participate in chamber groups during the MasterWorks Festival.
Wagner: Die Meistersinger
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6
Mozart: Magic Flute
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10
Smetana: Bartered Bride
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Verdi: Nabucco or Weber: Oberon
All students of the Orchestra Program:
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.
All applicants, including alumni, must submit:
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 imslp.org for appropriate excerpts.