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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.

2024 Repertoire Announced!

Wagner: Die Meistersinger
Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2 in Eb
     James Ferree, horn
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6

Mozart: Magic Flute
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy in Eb, Op. 46
     Jackie Tso, violin
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in Eb, K. 482
     Carter Johnson, piano
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Sibelius: Finlandia
Concerto Winners
Stravinsky: Firebird


Additional performance opportunities include

All students of the Orchestra Program:

  • Rehearse and perform in the Festival Orchestra
  • Study technique and/or solo literature
  • Receive one private lesson with a MasterWorks faculty member each week
  • Practice a minimum of 10 hours per week outside of rehearsals
  • Choose, in addition to the items above, to rehearse and perform in chamber music opportunities


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(s) of highest quality containing:


  • One movement of a standard concerto, sonata, or concert piece
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts
  • see this site for some guidance in choosing standard 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
  • see this site for some guidance in choosing standard 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.