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Applications for Summer 2022 

Welcome to the online audition and application website for the 79th Season of the Monteux School & Music Festival. Our 2022 program will begin on Sunday, June 19 (arrival & registration date) and finish with the final symphony concert on Sunday July 31.

Our program trains conductors in orchestral conducting and trains instrumentalists to meet the many demands of orchestral playing. 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 19, 2022, and must participate for the full 6-week period of the program.

The deadline for applications and primary consideration is January 1, 2022, and the application fee is $75.
After January 1 you can still apply for secondary consideration and the Application fee is $100.

If you need assistance with this fee, please contact Marc Thayer at for more information.

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 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. "Mainely Chamber Concerts" for smaller ensembles offer additional performance opportunities each Wednesday night.  Other performance opportunities are scheduled occasionally.

Audition preparation workshops and masterclasses will be presented by musicians from major symphony orchestras.

You can view a short video about our Founder, click here: Pierre Monteux and His School 

Questions about our program or the application process that are not addressed on our website ( may be addressed to Marc Thayer, Executive Director at:

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 $75 application fee and submit the completed application.


The Monteux School and Music Festival is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on account of race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion, or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law.

Upon acceptance to a summer program you will be asked to agree to the following Policies by signing an acceptance form:

MSMF Behavior and Reporting Policies


The MSMF admits students of any race, color, creed, sex, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, family responsibility, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the MSMF. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other MSMF- administered programs.


Bullying is unwelcome or unreasonable behavior that demeans, intimidates, or humiliates people either as individuals or as a group. Bullying behavior is often persistent and part of a pattern, but it can also occur as a single incident. It is usually carried out by an individual but can also be an aspect of group behavior. Bullying is unacceptable. Participating in any kind of bullying action may result in expulsion.


The MSMF is committed to maintaining a work environment where every employee, student, artist-faculty member, and guest artist is treated with respect and dignity. All individuals have the right to work, learn, teach, or perform in an atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices and treatment, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment, whether verbal, physical, or environmental, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

For purposes of enforcing this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome or unwanted conduct of a sexual nature (verbal or physical) when: 1.) submission to or rejection of this conduct by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting hiring, evaluation, promotion, or other aspects of employment, education, or performance; and/or 2.) this conduct interferes substantially with an individual’s employment, education, or performance; and/or 3.) this conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in which to work, learn, teach, or perform.

Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: unwanted sexual advances; demands for sexual favors in exchange for favorable treatment or continued employment; repeated sexual jokes, flirtation, advances, or propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic or verbal commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess, or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling, touching, pinching, assault, coerced sexual acts, or suggestive, insulting, obscene comments or gestures; and display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.

This policy governs all permanent and temporary employees of the MSMF, as well as students, artist-faculty, and guest artists. The MSMF will not tolerate, condone, or allow sexual harassment, whether engaged in by fellow employees or supervisors, or by non-employees who conduct business with the MSMF, including students, artist-faculty, and guest artists. The MSMF encourages reporting of all incidents of sexual harassment, whoever the offender may be, and promises thorough protection to the reporter.

Individuals who believe they have been subjected to any of the above should report the incident to one of the MSMF staff or Trustees. 

Complaints of sexual harassment will be investigated promptly and in a manner that is as impartial and confidential as possible. Retaliation against any employee, student, artist-faculty member, or guest artist for complaining about sexual harassment or for participating in an investigation is strictly prohibited.

Violations of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Based on the seriousness of the offense, disciplinary action may include verbal or written reprimand, suspension, or termination.

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.