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Welcome to the online audition and application website for the 81th Season of the Monteux School & Music Festival. Our 2024 program will begin on Sunday, June 16 (arrival & registration date) and finish with the final symphony concert on Sunday July 28. Musicians should plan to leave Festival grounds on Monday July 29.
Our program trains conductors in orchestral conducting and trains instrumentalists to meet the many demands of orchestral playing under the leadership of music Director, Dr. Tiffany Lu. We offer an unrivaled opportunity to learn a large and varied repertoire during the six-week program.
All participants must be 18 years of age by the program start date -- Sunday June 16, 2024 -- and must participate for the full 6-week period of the program.
Applicants must submit contrasting videos (minimum of two) of their conducting (for conductors) and at least two instrumental solo performances and 2 excerpts of your choice (for all applicants). All of the conductors must play an orchestral instrument. We accept very few pianists into the program.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not contact the references you provide automatically - We will contact references only if we feel that we require further information about your application.
The deadline for applications and primary consideration is January 1, 2024, and the application fee is $60.
After January 1 you can still apply for secondary consideration and the Application fee is $100.
Musicians are full-time active participants. Players rotate within their sections and remain in the orchestra. Conductors receive weekly rehearsal time on the podium and perform in concerts. Instrumentalists and conductors work and learn together.
With the obvious exception of pianists, all musicians (with the exception of percussionists) are expected to bring their own instruments.
Conductors are required to play in the orchestra and learn from both sides of the podium, while instrumentalists learn the music in exacting detail. We accept up to 18 conductors and 45 - 48 instrumentalists to comprise a full-orchestra.
The school’s rigorous weekly schedule -- equivalent to that of a full-time orchestra -- prepares musicians for a professional career. Each week’s schedule includes seven on-stage symphony rehearsals and a public symphony concert led by student conductors each Sunday evening. Chamber Music Concerts for smaller ensembles are scheduled on Wednesdays and offer additional performance opportunities each Wednesday night. Other performance opportunities are scheduled occasionally.
You can view short video testimonials from our alumni sharing their experience by click in the link and by scrolling to the end of this page.
Tuition Cost is $3000 for Conductors and $1500 for Instrumentalists. In addition, there is a $400 housing fee, of which $100 is returned to participants upon departure from the festival and if the residencies are left in good order. We offer generous scholarships for students in need.
Upon acceptance into the program, all musicians must pay a $400 non-refundable deposit guaranteeing their spot in the program. Once the program starts the deposit covers the housing fees.
Furthermore, we coordinate many paid opportunities in our neighboring communities in churches as well as in various venues for our participants.
Questions about our program or the application process that are not addressed on our website (monteuxmusic.org) may be addressed to Stan Renard, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
To begin the application and audition process, choose your program group on the left. Note the guidelines specific to your program. Click “Get Started!” The entire process is interactive, allowing you to save your file and return to it until you are ready to pay the $60 application fee and submit the completed application.
For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.