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Welcome to Season Three! June 7th - 27th, 2020

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    Early Deadline: December 1, 2019
    Priorty Deadline: (Priority Consideration for Fellowship) January 15, 2020:
    Deadline: February 1, 2020:
    Notified of Acceptance: February 15, 2020

Instrumentalists, Vocalists, and Conductors
Early Deadline: February 1, 2020
Priorty Deadline: (Priority Consideration for Fellowship) February 15, 2020
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: March 10, 2020

Instrumental Audition Requirements
Please upload at least 5-15 minutes of 2-3 contrasting works, either as audio files (MP3 only) or video links (YouTube).
Recordings may be excerpts but must be of live, unedited performances played all the way through without stopping (i.e., no crossfades between sections). Recordings must be recent and made no more than two years before your application. 20th and 21st-century works are not required, but are encouraged.

The Mostly Modern Festival Institute (MMFI) is the educational component of the Mostly Modern Festival (MMF), offering one-on-one instruction with professional musicians from around the U.S., and professional performance experience. The institute accepts over 80 participants and has a roster of over 30 faculty members. Participants who play orchestra instruments will perform in the American Modern Orchestra (AMO) and chamber ensembles, as well as receive lessons, attend masterclasses, lectures, and have access to all of the concerts and events at the festival, including concerts by American Modern Ensemble and 2020 guest ensembles. The Institute is open to musicians 18 and older—we welcome people in ALL stages of their career. Fellowships, Scholarships, Internships, and Resident Advisor (RA) Position(s) are available.

  • MMF now offers 1 fellowship per instrument/1 composer/1 conductor/1 vocalist. This is a tuition-free fellowship, based on merit/audition (room & board not covered). Scholarship awards available up to $800. Internships are available up to $1,800. Internships are 12 hours a week in the music office, library, stage, merchandise, video and audio booth. We have 12 internships. There is one RA position available, which waives your room and board for 3 weeks (must be over 21).
  • Returning applicants (that are accepted), will receive an automatic 5% discount off tuition.

MMF takes place at Skidmore College at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Skidmore College is ideally located in Saratoga Springs, New York, 3 hours by car from NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Montreal. All public performances take place at the stunning Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, a 600-seat acoustically tuned space.

Additional Details
All Zankel Hall performances are recorded and fully edited for participants: both audio and video. Composers and conductors receive audio WAV files and links to polished videos of their performances (shot with 3 cameras) posted on MMF's YouTube channel. Composers who take part in the orchestral readings receive un-edited audio recordings of their readings (editing available for an additional fee).

There are three or more chamber concerts that will provide an opportunity for participants and faculty to showcase modern repertoire of their choice. Performers will be given guidelines and may submit proposals for pieces they'd like to play. Works will be chosen on a first-come-first-serve basis, based on time and programming considerations.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information and for answers to questions not covered here, or email

Mostly Modern Festival is a division of American Modern Ensemble, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

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