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The Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) Institute is the educational component of the Mostly Modern Festival.

“Mostly Modern” is an immersive experience: participants perform side-by-side with faculty, both with the American Modern Orchestra (AMO) and in chamber music concerts. Participants and faculty perform orchestral world premieres and new works that are quickly gaining a following in the new music scene. Everyone engages in a learning atmosphere inside and outside rehearsal. Mostly Modern is a place for you to explore & network with faculty and participants, and create new opportunities, outside normative career-paths of traditional-orchestral/rep/teaching-training and find work that fits your passion, with new and exciting music-making.

Chamber music is a cornerstone of the Mostly Modern experience. During the three week festival we offer the opportunity to perform in three chamber concerts, plus pop-ups. Participants are put in the driver seat in a collaborative effort to program, rehearse, and perform 20th Century onward repertoire.

Participants have the opportunity to perform in masterclasses instructed by some of the nations leading artists in contemporary music. Participants enhance their skill set through a select number of entrepreneurial courses and lectures given by our Artist Faculty.

The institute accepts up to 120 students and has over 40 faculty members. Mostly Modern Festival features the residential American Modern Orchestra and American Modern Ensemble, three guest ensembles, guest speakers, and 15 concerts. The Institute is open to musicians ages 18 and over, at ALL ages and stages of their careers.

Mostly Modern Festival 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. Participants go home with links to amazing 3-camera shot performance videos and top-of-the-line audio of their works and performances.

Please email Victoria Paterson with questions anytime at Also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information and for answers to questions not covered here.

Note: Proof of vaccination is required for admittance to any and all of Mostly Modern Festival's programs and concerts.

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