Chamber Music Institute Application Requirements

Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 Chamber Music Institute.

2014 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Round One: Applicants submit completed application form, audition recordings, and supplementary materials. Application deadline is January 1, 2014.

Round Two: Applicants who pass Round One will be invited to audition live. If an applicant is unable to audition live, the final decision will be made based upon submitted recordings and materials.

Since applications are reviewed as they arrive and invitations to audition live are made on a rolling basis, early applications are encouraged.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The following items must be submitted:

  • Online application form
  • Biography and/or résumé detailing the following information:
    • Current and recent affiliations with any educational and performance institutions (e.g., professional ensembles, youth orchestras, chamber ensembles, preparatory programs, etc.); include dates
    • A list of competitions, scholarships, or any other notable performances or awards; include dates
  • A list of your recent solo and chamber repertoire
  • Recordings as described below
  • A list of the audition recordings you are submitting. Include name of work, composer, and date recorded
  • As an optional item, applicants may submit a head shot
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $65 if applying before January 1, 2014, or $90 if applying January 2 or later

REPERTOIRE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM

Important: Recordings do not have to be from public performances; sound and picture quality are of greater importance. You must submit at least one video file representing the repertoire requirements listed below. The remaining repertoire may be distributed between audio and video files as you see fit. Watch an online tutorial about how to make a video recording.»

Ages 18–29:

Strings (violin, viola, cello): One movement of solo Bach, one work or movement that demonstrates instrumental facility, and two contrasting movements of a Classical-period sonata (Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven recommended). Violists may substitute a sonata of their choice for the Classical-period sonata. Total recording time should be at least fifteen minutes.

Piano: Three selections of contrasting styles, one of which must come from a Romantic-period composer, another from a Classical-period composer, and a third of the applicant’s choice. Total recording time should be at least twenty minutes.

Preformed Ensembles: Two contrasting movements from the standard literature, one each from the Classical and Romantic periods. Total recording time should be at least twenty minutes.

Additional Requirements for International Program Live Auditions (individual applicants only):

In addition to your choice of repertoire, please be prepared to bring the following repertoire to your live audition. String players may choose one of the two selections listed for your instrument.

Violin:
Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, op. 12, no. 3, movement 1 or 2
Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in c minor, op. 30, no. 2, movement 1 or 2

Viola:
Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano in E-flat Major, op. 120, no. 2, movement 1
Schumann Märchenbilder, op. 113, movement 1

Cello:
Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano in e minor, op. 38, movement 1
Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major, op. 69, movement 1

Piano:
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes for Piano, Four Hands, op. 52a, numbers 1 through 4 (primo)

REPERTOIRE FOR THE YOUNG PERFORMERS PROGRAM

Important: Recordings do not have to be from public performances; sound and picture quality are of greater importance. You must submit at least one video file representing the repertoire requirements listed below. The remaining repertoire may be distributed between audio and video files as you see fit. Watch an online tutorial about how to make a video recording.»

Ages 13–18:

Strings (violin, viola, cello): One movement of solo Bach, one work or movement that demonstrates instrumental facility, and two contrasting movements of a Classical-period sonata (Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven recommended). Violists may substitute a sonata of their choice for the Classical-period sonata. Total recording time should be at least fifteen minutes.

Piano: Three selections of contrasting styles, one of which must come from a Romantic-period composer, another from a Classical-period composer, and a third of the applicant’s choice. Total recording time should be at least twenty minutes.

Ages 9–12:

Strings and Piano: Two selections of contrasting styles. Total recording time should be at least ten minutes.

Additional Requirements for Young Performers Program Live Auditions:

Young Performers Program applicants selected for a live audition will be asked to play one or more three-octave major or minor scale(s) in the key of their choice using any standard fingering.

2014 AUDITION DATES AND LOCATIONS (subject to change)

Since applications are reviewed as they arrive and invitations to audition live are made on a rolling basis, early applications are encouraged. If an applicant is unable to audition live, the final decision will be made based upon submitted recordings and materials.

  • Los Angeles, CA: January 22
  • Boston, MA: January 26
  • New York, NY: January 30; February 12 and 13
  • Baltimore, MD: February 1
  • Columbus, OH: February 14
  • Atherton, CA: February 22 and 23

LIVE AUDITION FORMAT
In some cases, live auditions are conducted by one or two members of the audition committee and are video recorded for review by the full audition committee. Most live auditions are fifteen minutes long.

AUDITION RESULTS
Audition results are generally sent to applicants by email, with the exception of those who have been accepted, who will receive notification by phone. International Program applicants will be notified of their status by March 1, 2014. Young Performers Program applicants will be notified by March 15, 2014. Invited applicants are typically given twenty-four hours to accept or decline an invitation for admission.

FINANCIAL AID
Full-tuition fellowships are automatically awarded to all International Program participants. Financial aid is available to participants in the Young Performers Program by application only. Download a financial aid application.»

Financial aid applications will not be accepted if postmarked after February 15, 2014. Financial aid applications will be evaluated separately from the admissions process.

INSTITUTE QUESTIONS
Please review our Institute FAQ section and feel free to contact Marianne LaCrosse, General Manager and Education Programs Director, at 650-330-2131 or institute@musicatmenlo.org.

Faculty subject to change. Music@Menlo does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, disability, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. This nondiscriminatory policy covers admission and access to and treatment and employment in the festival’s programs and activities. Inquiries regarding this policy may be directed to the festival office at 650-330-2030.