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Frequently Asked Questions

All enrolled musicians attend the Summer School and Festival on full-scholarship, including free tuition, accommodations, and meals.

There is no minimum education level required. However, please note most applicants are currently in the process of their undergraduate or graduate degrees in music.

Letters of recommendation are not required.

International students are welcome to apply. All instruction and communication at the Music Academy is offered in English. A basic understanding of written and spoken English is expected of program participants.

International students do not need any special documentation to accompany the application. If enrolled, international students must have an United States F-1 student visa and Form I-20 (certificate of non-immigrant student status) or OPT (optional practical training) status covering the summer festival dates. Canadians are visa exempt but still must have Form I-20. US permanent residents must simply provide a copy of the permanent resident card if enrolled. Music Academy staff will help guide international students through the visa process and can issue Form I-20 to those not already enrolled in a US program, but all visa documents and fees are the student’s responsibility. If an international student is graduating from a US school prior to the Music Academy program, the student’s I-20 may be transferred to the Music Academy.

Late application submissions will depend upon the program and/or audition availability. If interested in submitting a late application, please contact the Admissions Office prior to completing the application.

Applicants may apply to more than one program (Vocal, Vocal Piano, Collaborative Piano, Instrumental, Solo Piano). An application and application fee is required for each individual program. Should you be accepted into two programs, you would need to select one in which to enroll.

  • Signed Enrollment Agreement
  • $200 refundable Enrollment Security Deposit
  • Enrollment Form (to collect important information including your emergency contacts, professional biography, headshot, etc.)
  • Voice and vocal piano admissions results will be finalized in early December 2021
  • Vocal Institute Directing Fellow admissions results will be finalized in late January 2022
  • Instrumental, collaborative piano, and solo piano admissions results will be finalized in March 2022
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Application Requirements & Deadlines

Application deadlines are through 11:59 pm Pacific Time 2022 Instrumental Program / Feb 13, 2022 (application season closed) 2022 Solo Piano Program / Feb 13, 2022 (application season closed) 2022 Voice Program / Nov 1, 2021 (application season closed) 2022 Vocal Piano Program / Nov 1, 2021 (application season closed) 2022 Vocal Institute Directing Fellow / Dec 15, 2021 (application season closed) 2022 Collaborative Piano Program / Jan 15, 2022 (application season closed)  
The Music Academy of the West is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our administration, fellows, faculty, guest artists, volunteers, patrons, and vendors. Our goal is to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19 in our workplace and community. All participants on campus are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to arrival. A negative COVID-19 test will be required within 72 hours of arrival on campus. On-site testing may be required as needed during the Festival. Safety protocols and programming may change in compliance with federal, state, and county health guidelines.
2022 Vocal Institute, Collaborative Piano, Instrumental & Solo Piano Programs: $50 (non-refundable)
  • Fees can be paid online through the online application using a credit card. Money orders, cash and checks are not accepted.
  • Application fee assistance is available. Please contact [email protected]
  • Minimum age is 18
  • Maximum age is 34 (27 for string players)
  • 2022 Voice and Vocal Piano Programs: Pre-Screening Round followed by an Invitation-only Virtual Live Round. Applicants notified by mid-November if they have advanced to the Virtual Live Round, which will take place December 3, 4, and 5, 2021.
  • 2022 Instrumental & Solo Piano Programs: Video Upload auditions (no live auditions)
  • 2022 Collaborative Piano Program: Virtual Live Round in early February 2022
  • 2022 Vocal Institute Directing Fellow: Online Application & Pre-Screening Round followed by an Invitation-only Live Virtual Interview. Applicants will be notified by mid-January if they have advanced to the Virtual Interview Round which will take place in late January 2022
All alumni are welcome to re-apply. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of three summers for all studios.
2022 Festival: June 13 – August 6 Arrival: Jun 11 Departure: Aug 7

A $200 Enrollment Security Deposit is due upon acceptance of a Fellowship invitation. After completion of the summer program the $200 Security Deposit will be refunded minus deductions in the event of loss or damage to any Academy property.

Out of fairness to all enrolled fellows, the Enrollment Security Deposit cannot be waived.

Audition & Repertoire Requirements

Application deadlines are through 11:59 pm Pacific Time

2022 Instrumental Program / Feb 13, 2022 (application season closed)

2022 Solo Piano Program / Feb 13, 2022 (application season closed)

2022 Voice Program / Nov 1, 2021 (application season closed)

2022 Vocal Piano Program / Nov 1, 2021 (application season closed)

2022 Vocal Institute Directing Fellow / Dec 15, 2021 (application season closed)

2022 Collaborative Piano Program / Jan 15, 2022 (application season closed)

 

Instrumental and Solo Piano, and Collaborative Piano Audition Results Announced the first week of March.

2022 Instrumental Program Audition Process – VIDEO UPLOAD ONLY

There are no live auditions for Summer 2022

Video Upload Audition Requirements:

  • Upload one continuous, unedited audition video within the online application (upload one video, not separate tracks; do not stop the camera between repertoire selections).
  • Videos must be unaccompanied.
  • Video file must have been recorded within the past year and may not be the same file submitted during a previous Music Academy application season.
  • Avoid backlighting (do not record in front of a window unless curtains/shades are fully closed)
  • Ensure your music stand is not blocking the camera’s view of your arms, hands, face, or instrument
  • See individual studio repertoire lists for a verbal statement to be added to the end of your audition video
  • Please label Festival Audition Video File according to this format: “2022 MAW Audition – Last Name, First Name, Instrument”
  • For best video upload speed, we recommend the following internet browsers: Chrome, Safari and Firefox (the most updated versions of each).

Additional requirements for select brass studios:

  • HORN: Audition recordings may include separate videos, and do not need to be recorded in one take.
  • TRUMPET Required Video Angle: Capture your image above the shoulders, not a head-to-toe image
  • TROMBONE & TUBA Required Video Angles:
        • Capture your image above the shoulders, not a head-to-toe image.
        • Make the camera zoom in on your right-side profile (not straight ahead of you nor your left-side profile) so your instrument’s bell does not block your face within the camera angle.

2022 Violin Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied; the standard concerto should be performed first:

  1. First movement exposition from a standard concerto of the 19th or 20th century (with no cadenza)
    *If you choose the Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto, play until five bars after Reh 7—this includes the cadenza
  2. First movement exposition of Wolfgang Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3, 4, or 5 (exposition only, no cadenza)
  3. Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian,” Mvt 1, beginning to downbeat of bar 110

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“Discuss a work you studied or heard that made an impact on your education, or what moment in your training has led to the greatest musical growth”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Viola Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

  1. First three pages of any standard viola concerto
      • If offering the William Walton Viola Concerto, beginning through Rehearsal No. 8
      • If offering Paul Hindemith Concerto, “Der Schwanendreher,” beginning through 2 before Letter I
      • If offering Béla Bartok Viola Concerto, beginning through bar 54
      • If offering Carl Stamitz Viola Concerto, beginning through bar 250
  2. The Prelude movement from any of the solo Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites, or solo violin Sonatas or Partitas
  3. A Romantic or Classical Sonata (2-3 minutes from any movement)

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What has been one of your most treasured and memorable musical moments – one that had a big impact on you and why?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Cello Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

  1. Up to three minutes from any standard concerto.
  2. Up to 3 minutes of a movement from any solo cello music – Johann Sebastian Bach any other work for unaccompanied cello
  3. CLAUDE DEBUSSY La Mer, top line of divisi passage, 2 before rehearsal [9] to 6 after rehearsal [9]    DOWNLOAD PDF
  4. JOHANNES BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a, Variation 5    DOWNLOAD PDF
  1. WOLFGANG MOZART String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat Major, K. 589, Mvt 1 mm. 45-53 and Mvt 2 mm. 38-48    DOWNLOAD PDF
  2. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“Why would you like to spend a summer at the Music Academy of the West?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Double Bass Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied and in the following order:

  1. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Suites 1-6 for cello solo in key of applicants’ choice:
    Any one Courante or Gigue, without repeats
    OR
    Any one pair of MenuetsBourées, or Gavottes, without repeats or Da Capos
  2. First movement exposition of one of the following:
    • GIOVANNI BOTTESINI Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B Minor
    • JOHANN BAPTIST VANHAL Double Bass Concerto in E-flat Major
    • SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY Double Bass Concerto (beginning through m. 40)
    • SOFIA GUBAIDULINA “Eight Studies for Double Bass,” any two movements of applicant’s choice
  3. WOLFGANG MOZART Symphony No. 35, Mvt 4, mm. 134 – 181
  4. RICHARD STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, rehearsal [9] – 5 after [12]
  5. ALBERTO GINASTERA Variaciones Concertantes, solo

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“Why would you like to spend a summer at the Music Academy of the West?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

 

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Flute Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

1. WOLFGANG MOZART Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313, Mvt 1, exposition only
2. FELIX MENDELSSOHN Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, 2 before [P] to end
3. IGOR STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1919), Firebird Variation
4. MAURICE RAVEL Daphnis and Chloé, Suite No. 2, solo
5. JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 4, Mvt 4, solo beginning at bar 93

  1. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What are your three favorite pieces?”
(If necessary, the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Oboe Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

  1. RICHARD STRAUSS Oboe Concerto, Mvt 1 Exposition
    or
    CLARA SCHUMANN Three Romances for Oboe, Op. 22, No. 2, opening to m. 95
  2. MAURICE RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin, I. Prelude, opening solo only
  3. GIOACHINO ROSSINILa Scala di Seta, fast solo only
  4. PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4, Mvt 2 solo

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What do you believe are your strengths and/or weaknesses as a young professional oboist?”
(If necessary, the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Clarinet Audition Repertoire Requirements

Bb and A Clarinets
All selections must be unaccompanied and in the following order:

  1. WOLFGANG MOZART Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, Mvt 2, mm. 1-54
    OR
    JOAN TOWER Wings, page 1 and 2 from the 1983 Associated Music Publishers edition.
    (If selecting Mozart, do not count or play the tutti passage mm. 9-15 and mm. 25-31)
  2. ZOLTAN KODALY Dances of Galanta, mm. 31-66 (A clarinet)
  3. FELIX MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, mm. 1-48 (Bb clarinet)
  4. JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 3, Mvt 2, mm. 1-23 (Bb clarinet)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
What are two reasons you would want to attend the Music Academy, and why?”

(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Bassoon Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

  1. Solo piece, concerto or sonata movement of applicant’s choice* (3 minutes maximum)
    *If offering the Wolfgang Mozart Bassoon Concerto, present the first movement exposition only
  2. WOLFGANG MOZART Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”, Mvt 4, mm. 263-353
  3. NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Mvt 2, solo (no cadenzas)
  4. MAURICE RAVEL Boléro, solo
  5. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What do you hope to accomplish at the Music Academy this summer?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Horn Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

1. RICHARD STRAUSS Concerto No. 1, Op. 11, exposition
2. RICHARD STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, beginning to [2]
3. RICHARD STRAUSS Don Quixote, Variation 7, Horn 2
4. RICHARD STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel, opening
5. DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, Mvt 1, rehearsal Nos. [17]-[21]
6. RICHARD WAGNER Götterdämmerung, Siegfried short call

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“If selected for enrollment, how will you be a team player?”
(If necessary, the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

Audition recordings may include separate videos, and do not need to be recorded in one take. See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Trumpet Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied and in the following order:

  1. ARTHUR HONEGGER Intrada, beginning to Allegro
  2. GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 5, opening solo
  3. IGOR STRAVINSKY Petrushka, Ballerina’s Dance, pick-up to mm. 135-139
  4. RICHARD STRAUSS Don Juan, slow solo after rehearsal [F]
  5. MODEST MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition, Goldenberg & Schmuyle mm. 58-61
  6. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 1 min)

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What do you hope to accomplish while at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Trombone & Tuba Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied and in the following order:

Tenor Trombone

  1. FERDINAND DAVID Trombone Concerto, Op. 4, [A] to [D]
  2. WOLFGANG MOZART Requiem, Tuba Mirum, solo
  3. HECTOR BERLIOZ Hungarian March (2nd trombone part) 6 before [4] to 3rd bar of [5]
  4. MAURICE RAVEL Boléro, solo
  5. RICHARD WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries, B Major solo section
  1. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question:
“What would be your goals for a summer at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

Bass Trombone

  1. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Cello Suite No. 5, Sarabande (no repeats)
  2. JOSEPH HAYDN The Creation, Mvt 26, beginning to letter C
  3. RICHARD WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries, B Major section
  4. ZOLTAN KODALY Háry János Suite, solo
  5. RICHARD STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, [62] to 2 after [65]
  1. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question:
“What would be your goals for a summer at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

Tuba

  1. RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Tuba Concerto, Mvt 2, [1] to 3 before [3], and 2 before [4] to [5]
  2. HECTOR BERLIOZ Hungarian March, [4] to 2 after [5]
  3. SERGEI PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5, Mvt I, [3] – [6], one before [23] to [24]
  4. RICHARD WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries, B-Major section
  5. PAUL HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, Turandot, 4th bar of [L] to [O]
  1. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question:
“What would be your goals for a summer at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Percussion & Timpani Audition Repertoire Requirements

Solos
1.  Short marimba solo or étude of choice (up to 5 mins)
2.  Snare drum solo: Etude No. 9 from Jacques Delécluse 12 Etudes

Snare Drum
1.  SERGEI PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60, The Birth of Kijé (from 1-2)
2.  NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Mvt 3, [D] to [E]; Mvt 4, [P] to [U], condense rests before S

Xylophone
1.  GEORGE GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess, four after [13] – [15] (standard excerpt from the Overture)
2.  DMITRY KABALEVSKY Colas Breugnon 9-12, 36-37, 57 to the end
3.  ZOLTAN KODALY Háry János, Mvt 6 opening to 1, 7-8, 10 to the end

Glockenspiel
1.  PAUL DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, [17] – [20]
2.  WOLFGANG MOZART The Magic Flute (Goldenberg book, p. 102)
3.  OTTORINO RESPIGHI Pines of Rome, Mvt 1 [7] to the end

Timpani
1.  FRANK MARTIN Concerto for Seven Winds, 5 after 18 to 7 after 22
2.  LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, Mvt 1, coda only
3.  PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4, Mvt 1, four before [T] through the passage; include all ff roll at end of passage

Please include a verbal statement answering the following question in one minute or less:
“Why would you like to spend a summer at the Music Academy of the West?”
(The verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire videos)

 

Percussion/Timpani Video Upload Guidelines:

  • Repertoire recordings may one continuous video, or recorded and uploaded as three separate tracks as specified below:
    • Marimba selection can be a separate track/upload
    • Snare drum, xylophone, and glockenspiel selections should be recorded in one take (uploaded as one track)
    • Timpani selections can be separate track/upload
  • Video file(s) must have been recorded within the past year and may not be the same file submitted during a previous Music Academy application season.
  • Ensure your music stand is not blocking the camera’s view of your arms, hands, face, or instrument
  • Avoid backlighting (do not record in front of a window unless curtains/shades are fully closed)
  • Please label video files according to this format: “2022 MAW AUDITION – Last Name, First Name, Percussion/Timpani”
  • For best video upload speed, we recommend the following internet browsers: Chrome, Safari and Firefox (the most updated versions of each).

The harp fellow performs as a member of the Academy Festival Orchestra, receives private lessons, and participates in public masterclasses, chamber music ensembles, and solo performances as opportunities become available. The harpist is eligible to participate in the annual Duo Competition, through which the winners receive a cash prize and recital. The annual Keston MAX Exchange Competition is not currently available for harp.

2022 Harp Audition Repertoire Requirements

Four required selections plus one optional selection:

  • One solo
  • Three orchestral excerpts
  • OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What would be your goals for a summer at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

Harp Video Upload Guidelines:

  • Upload one continuous, unedited audition video, or separate unedited tracks for each repertoire selection
  • Video file must have been recorded within the past year and may not be the same file submitted during a previous Music Academy application season
  • Ensure your music stand is not blocking the camera’s view of your arms, hands, face, or instrument
  • Avoid backlighting (do not record in front of a window unless curtains/shades are fully closed)
  • Please label Festival Audition Video File according to this format: “2022 MAW AUDITION – Last Name, First Name, Harp”
  • For best video upload speed, we recommend the following internet browsers: Chrome, Safari and Firefox (the most updated versions of each).

For admissions inquiries, please email [email protected]

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