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Orchestra/Chamber

Dates: June 20 – July 18, 2021

Tuition Cost: $4,400 (discounted tuition till March 15, 2021)

Orchestral performances form the heart of the MasterWorks 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 weeks 2, 3, & 4. Past guest conductors include David Bowden, Miriam Burns, Delta David Gier, Darryl One, Andrew Sewell, John Nelson, and Daniel Meyer.

All students participate in chamber groups during the first week of the MasterWorks Festival!

Repertoire for 2021

Week 1  – Chamber Groups – Ensembles and music selections will be determined in May

Week 2 – Rossini: La Gazza Ladra, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb Major, Op. 73,  Emperor, Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, New World

Week 3 – Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III, Ravel: Mother Goose Suite, Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

Week 4 – Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Student Concerto Winners (TBA), Respighi: Pines of Rome

Additional performance opportunities include

All students of the Orchestra Program:

  • Rehearse and perform in a chamber group during week 1
  • Rehearse and perform in the Festival Orchestra during weeks 2, 3, & 4
  • Study technique and/or solo literature
  • Receive one private lesson with MasterWorks faculty member each week
  • Are expected to practice a minimum of 10 hours per week outside of rehearsals
  • May choose, in addition to the items above, to continue to rehearse and perform in a chamber group during weeks 2, 3, & 4

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.

Orchestra Program Audition Requirements

All applicants, including alumni, must submit:

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

Winds/Percussion

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

Strings

  • 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.)

Harp

  • 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 imslp.org for appropriate excerpts.

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