Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music

Chamber Music Session

June 28–August 9, 2020

Applications closed

For six weeks each summer, advanced individual instrumentalists and pre-formed ensembles come to Norfolk to study and perform chamber music.

Norfolk fellows are mentored by acclaimed artists with whom they perform on the Festival’s main concert series. Fellows also perform regularly on the Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase series. All concerts are livestreamed and recorded.

All fellows accepted to the Chamber Music Session receive an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing, and meals. Applications are accepted from individual instrumentalists, piano trios, string quartets, wind quintets, brass quintets, and mixed-instrument ensembles. Fellows accepted as individual instrumentalists will be placed into ensembles. 

It is very inspiring to make music with friends on beautiful grounds and in the acoustically superb Shed.
Norfolk Festival Artists
Photo of the Brentano Quartet.

Brentano Quartet

Ensemble in Residence, Yale School of Music
Festival Artists, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of the Dover Quartet.

Dover Quartet

Festival Artists, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Festival Artists, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of Eugene Drucker.

Eugene Drucker

Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Ani Kavafian

Ani Kavafian

Professor in the Practice of Violin, Yale School of Music
Photo of Lawrence Dutton.

Lawrence Dutton

Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of Ole Akahoshi.

Ole Akahoshi

Assistant Professor Adjunct of Cello, Yale School of Music
Director, Yale Cellos, Yale School of Music
Photo of Boris Berman.

Boris Berman

Sylvia and Leonard Marx Professor in the Practice of Piano, Yale School of Music
Artistic Director, Horowitz Piano Series, Yale School of Music
Photo of Dean Robert Blocker.

Robert Blocker

Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music, Yale School of Music
Professor of Piano, Yale School of Music
Melvin Chen

Melvin Chen

Deputy Dean, Yale School of Music
Professor in the Practice of Piano, Yale School of Music
Director, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of Ann Schein.

Ann Schein

Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of Gilles Vonsattel.

Gilles Vonsattel

Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Wei-Yi Yang

Wei-Yi Yang

Associate Professor Adjunct of Piano, Yale School of Music
Ransom Wilson

Ransom Wilson

Professor Adjunct of Flute, Yale School of Music
Photo of James Austin Smith.

James Austin Smith

Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor

Lecturer in Oboe, Yale School of Music
Photo of Romie de Guise-Langlois.

Rome de Guise-Langlois

Festival Artist, Clarinet, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
David Shifrin

David Shifrin

Professor in the Practice of Clarinet, Yale School of Music
Artistic Director, Oneppo Chamber Music Series, Yale School of Music
Artistic Director, Yale in New York, Yale School of Music
Frank Morelli

Frank Morelli

Associate Professor Adjunct of Music, Yale School of Music
William Purvis

William Purvis

Professor in the Practice of Horn, Yale School of Music
Director, Collection of Musical Instruments
Photo of Mary Elizabeth Bowden.

Mary Elizabeth Bowden

Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Photo of Allan Dean.

Allan Dean

Festival Artist, Trumpet, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Scott Hartman

Scott Hartman

Lecturer in Trombone, Yale School of Music

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How to Apply

Applications closed

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music will accept applications for the Chamber Music Session from individual woodwind, string, brass, and piano instrumentalists, and from pre-formed ensembles ranging from trios to quintets. Participants are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. All Chamber Music Session participants will receive a fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing and meals.

Session + Application Cost

Application fee: $80 (non-refundable)

Registration fee: $300 (refundable)

  • Registration fee is due upon acceptance of the fellowship.
  • Registration fee is refundable after completion of the program subject to deductions in the event of damage or loss to any property, non-compliance with any Festival policies, and successful completion of work-study assignments.
  • Pre-formed ensembles: Each member of the group must submit the $300 registration fee. One person may also pay for the entire ensemble.

Tuition, housing, and meals
All participants will receive an Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing, and meals.

Requirement Checklist

1. Online Application Form
The application includes sections where you will upload all of your application materials. Applications can be started and then saved to be continued at a later time.

To apply as an individual:

  • Choose the 2020 Chamber Music Session application. Do not use the 2020 Ensemble Member Supplement. This is for additional members of pre-formed ensembles only.

To apply as a pre-formed group:

  • There are two parts to the online application for pre-formed groups:
    1. 2020 Chamber Music Session application completed by the designated primary contact.
    2. 2020 Ensemble Member Supplement completed by all other members of the ensemble.
  • The primary contact will complete the 2020 Chamber Music Application with the information of all group members and the group’s audition-date preferences.
  • The primary contact must know the full name, email address, instrument, and birthdate (date, month, and year) of each member. The primary contact must also know the group’s preferred audition dates (first and second choice).
  • Primary contact will upload letters of recommendation, recordings, repertoire, and group CV/résumé. All materials must represent the ensemble, not individual members.
  • After the primary contact submits the application, remaining members will receive an email with a link and temporary PIN to help “reset the password” for the 2020 Ensemble Member Supplement, which will appear as “already in progress.”
  • Each group member must submit an application and the $80 application fee. If a member of the ensemble would also like to be considered as an individual, s/he must submit an additional, separate application and application fee.

2. Pre-screening video(s)
Video recordings must be uploaded as part of the application. Videos uploaded to YouTube will be accepted. Recordings of poor quality will not be evaluated.

See the Screening and Live Audition Repertoire section below for more information related to your instrument.

3. Two letters of recommendation
On the application, you will provide your recommenders’ email addresses. He/she will receive an automatic email with instructions on how to submit a recommendation. Letters must be written after 1/1/19.

4. Résumé or CV
Your résumé or CV must reflect experience and studies. It is helpful to include such information as schools attended, private teachers, performance experience, competition experience, and music festival experience.

5. Repertoire list
A list of works (with composers) you have performed, been coached on, and/or rehearsed, with an emphasis on chamber works.

Pianists: Repertoire list must include chamber works you have studied or performed in the past three years.

6. Non-refundable $80 application fee
Once your online application is submitted, you will be prompted to submit the application fee.

Audition Repertoire

Pre-formed String Ensembles (with and without piano)

  • Two complete works of contrasting styles from the standard repertoire. One work must be by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven.

Pre-formed Wind Quintets

  • Three complete works of contrasting styles from different stylistic periods, including at least one work from the 20th or 21st century.

Pre-formed Brass Quintets

  • Three complete works of contrasting styles from different stylistic periods, including at least one work from the 20th or 21st century.

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn

  • Either two complete works of contrasting styles from different stylistic periods or two movements of contrasting works, plus four contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Trumpet, Trombone, and Tuba

  • Two contrasting works from different stylistic periods and four varied excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Violin

  • One movement from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita and one movement from a standard Classical, Romantic, or 20th century concerto.
  • For live audition only, in addition to the list above: the first violin part from Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2 (first movement).

Viola 

  • One movement from an unaccompanied Bach suite, sonata, or partita and one movement from a standard Classical, Romantic, or 20th century concerto.
  • For live audition only, in addition to the list above: the viola part from Ravel’s String Quartet (third movement;  letter A until three before letter D — bars 14 through 45).

Cello

  • One movement from an unaccompanied Bach suite and one movement from a standard Classical, Romantic, or 20th century concerto.
  • For live audition only, in addition to the list above: the cello part from Mozart’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, K 589 (second movement).

Piano

  • Two contrasting movements from a sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, or Schubert, a larger Romantic 19th century work, and a 20th or 21st century composition.

Unless noted, the works listed above are recommended repertoire for both screening videos and live auditions. Repertoire should demonstrate variety and flexibility. A recent recital video may be substituted if the program falls within the guidelines listed below. Recordings with an accompanist are encouraged but not required.

Video recordings are required for the screening process and will be used to evaluate applicants’ qualifications for a live audition. Video recordings must be uploaded with the application. Recordings of poor quality will not be evaluated.

If you have questions about repertoire or the requirements, please email norfolk@yale.edu or call the Norfolk office at 860 542-3000.

Live Auditions

Live auditions for the Chamber Music Session are held at the Yale School of Music and select cities across the United States. Applicants invited to a live audition will be notified by email. Videos may substitute for live auditions only in exceptional cases where extensive travel is required. 

Sight reading may be required at the live audition. Applicants are encouraged but not required to perform with an accompanist.

Jan 31, 2020: Philadelphia, PA (all instruments)

TBA: Los Angeles, CA (all instruments)

Feb 4, 2020: Houston, TX (all instruments)

Feb 5, 2020: New Haven, CT (winds, including horn)

Feb 7, 2020: Boston, MA (all instruments)

Feb 10, 2020: New York, NY (wind, brass, and piano)

Feb 11, 2020: New York, NY (strings)

Feb 13, 2020: New Haven, CT (strings)

Feb 14, 2020: New Haven, CT (piano)

Acceptance

Candidates will be notified by email, on or before March 31, 2020, about the status of their application and audition results. 

A refundable registration fee of $300 must be paid by credit card within 10 days of acceptance to secure one’s position. The fee will be refunded after completion of the program subject to deductions in the event of damage or loss to any property or non-compliance with any Festival policies. Payment of all fees is required upon acceptance of fellowship.

Fees can be paid by credit card: Visa, MasterCard, or American Express are accepted. Cash or checks are not accepted.

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