Wind Intensive Study Program
“I was greatly inspired both as a musician and as a person by the trumpet faculty as well as by my peers. It was truly a life-changing experience.”
– Erika Izaguirre, WISP 2015, Trumpet, Eastman School of Music
What is the Wind Intensive Study Program (WISP)?
WISP is a specialized program for advanced students who desire to develop their musical gifts through focused individual study while immersed in a thoughtful Christian environment. This program is ideal for students who seek to polish repertoire, prepare for auditions or recitals, learn to practice effectively, and explore new ideas.
For 2020, WISP will include:
All Wind Intensive Studies are two weeks long, broken up by instrument. Students who take part in a two-week Intensive also have the option of attending the festival for all four weeks by participating in the Orchestral program for two weeks (Additional tuition costs will apply). If you are a wind/brass instrumentalist who is interested in an intensive study program that is not listed above, please contact Chip Hill firstname.lastname@example.org to ask if an individualized ISP might be crafted for you for summer 2020.
What Happens During An Intensive Program?
Wind Intensive schedules include a minimum of 2-3 hours of daily practice and private lessons every week with faculty artist teachers. Students work with collaborative pianists and perform in studio classes, mock auditions, and a final recital. MasterClasses with renowned visiting artists enhance the unique learning environment.
Distinctive to all programs at the MasterWorks Festival are small group devotions and Bible Studies with faculty artists. Topics are artist-specific and focus on issues such as creativity and inspiration, pressure and self-image, performance anxiety and faith.
Please note: although MasterWorks Festival is geared towards Christian performing artists, students of other faith backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Qualifications and Tuition
WISP is open to qualified students ages 17-26. Students outside of the age parameters will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Tuition for the two-week program is $2,100, with a discount available for early registration (see the “Apply” page for more details.)
Updated October 11, 2019
1) Completed Application and 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:
- One movement of a standard concerto
- One movement of a sonata or concert piece
- A movement from a piece of your choice, preferably of contrasting style and period
Audition videos may be professionally recorded or simply made in a large practice room or appropriate space using a device such as a Zoom recorder. Videos should include three contrasting pieces or sections of pieces, no longer than 15 minutes total. Orchestral excerpts are encouraged and may count as one piece. (Works can include portions of etudes, excerpts or individual movements of sonatas/concertos/solo works.) Students applying to both programs may submit recordings for the Flute Intensive Program, but will need to have 3 orchestral excerpts in addition to the recordings listed above. Also, note on the application that you wish to attend Flute Intensive for the first two weeks and the orchestral program for the second two weeks.