Verbier Festival Learning Programs

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Set in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Verbier Festival is a renowned international classical music festival with a worldwide reputation for creative and dynamic learning programmes. Through its Academy, Orchestras and Music Camp, it offers young soloists and orchestra musicians the opportunity to perfect their skills, to learn from great masters and to perform to a large audience, whilst enjoying all that the Verbier Festival has to offer!

Verbier Festival Academy (14 July - 2 August 2015)

The Academy is designed especially for exceptional young pianists, string players, singers and chamber groups.  Through a unique combination of masterclasses and chamber music workshops with distinguished teachers, performances in and around Verbier, encounters with Festival artists and intensive career development discussions, the Academy gives its participants the opportunity to fine-tune their musical skills and to challenge themselves to consider the next steps towards a life in music. The Academy participants are also encouraged to think how they can take classical music out of the concert hall and reach out to new audiences.

"Reaching Out" is a programme open only to alumni of the Verbier Festival Academy, Orchestras and Music Camp.

All accepted participants will receive a full scholarship for their participation in the Verbier Festival Academy 2015 but very few scholarships will include travelling expenses.

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TO APPLY, please submit a written application and digital audition on this site
Application period: 1 November 2014 – 31 January 2015 (30 March 2015 for Reaching Out) 
Application fees: $125.00 USD (Cello, Piano, Violin, Viola), $25.00 USD (Chamber Music Groups and Singers) and $20.00 USD (Reaching Out)

Contact: Christian Thompson, Academy Director

To begin, please select "Verbier Festival Academy" and choose a program from the menu on the right. Then click "Get Started." 

Verbier Festival Orchestra (28 June - 3 August 2015)

The Verbier Festival Orchestra is one of the most renowned training orchestras in the world. Its participants receive a unique insight into orchestral playing of the highest level through intensive coaching from principal members of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. There are also no less than six Festival concerts with Music Director Charles Dutoit and other well established conductors. Participants, who are hand-picked through live auditions in seven cities, must be aged between 18 and 28 in order to apply. More information...

TO APPLY, please submit a written application on this site and sign up for an audition
Application period: 1 November 2014 – 5 January 2015 (15 December 2014 for Flutes) or 31 January, 2015 for video auditions
Application fee: $70.00 USD

To begin, please select "Verbier Festival Orchestra" and choose a program from the menu on the right. Then click "Get Started." 

Verbier Festival Academy or Verbier Festival Orchestra 

This combined application is designed to enable talented young musicians (violin, viola and cello only) to APPLY at the same time for the Verbier Festival Academy AND the Verbier Festival Orchestra, although applicants will be selected to participate in ONLY one programme or the other, subject to their experience and level. This is for a reduced application fee of $160.00 USD. Any musician who wants to apply for both programmes must submit their full application by 5th January. 

TO APPLY, please submit a written application and digital audition for the Academy and sign up for a live or video audition for the Orchestra. 
Application period: 7 November 2014 – 5 January 2015 
Application fee: $160.00 USD
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To begin, please select "Verbier Festival Academy OR Orchestra Program" and choose an instrument from the menu on the right. Then click "Get Started." 

Verbier Festival Music Camp (5 - 26 July 2015)

The Music Camp brings together talented young instrumentalists from all over the world, aged between 15 and 17, to form an orchestra under the leadership of Music Director Daniel Harding. Participants receive coaching and private lessons from an international roster of coaches, including alumni of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and members of major orchestras worldside. The programme, set in an atmosphere which is both demanding and fun, also includes recreational time to allow participants to take full advantage of the Verbier Festival and the stunning natural environment.

TO APPLY, please submit a written application and audition video on this site
Application period:
1 December 2014 – 9 March 2015
Application fee: $65.00 USD 

To begin, please select "Vervier Festival Music Camp" and choose a program from the menu on the right. Then click "Get Started."  

Would you like to join one of our programmes? Sign up in a few easy steps on Acceptd!

-    Select the appropriate programme from the drop down menu at the top of this page
-    Click on the specific programme for which you wish to apply
-    Complete the written application
-    Submit the electronic audition materials
-    Pay the application fee
-    Once you have completed all these steps, click on send application!

After the final dates of the application period, no more applications will be accepted. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with further information once the application period is over.

We look forward to receiving your application and to welcoming you to Verbier!

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