Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music

Chamber Music Session

July 2–August 13, 2023

Application Deadline:  4 p.m. (EST), January 5, 2023. 

For six weeks each summer, advanced individual instrumentalists and preformed ensembles come to Norfolk to immerse themselves in the study and performance of 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 Emerging Artist Series series. All concerts are live streamed 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.

The Chamber Music Session is open to winds, brass, strings, and piano. Individual instrumentalists as well as preformed ensembles — piano trios, string quartets, wind quintets, and brass quintets — are welcome to apply. Fellows accepted as individual instrumentalists will be placed into ensembles. Scroll down for application information.

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival – Yale Summer School of Music is continually monitoring the current health situation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow Yale University and CDC recommendations and protocols. Vaccination is required for live auditions, and for participation in all summer sessions. 

 

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Strings
Brentano String Quartet

Brentano String Quartet

Ensemble in Residence, Yale School of Music
Festival Artists, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Festival Artists, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Miró Quartet

Miró Quartet

Festival Artists, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin

Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu

Violin, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola

Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt

Viola, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Steven Tenenbom

Viola, 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
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello

Raman Ramakrishnan

Cello, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Winds

James Austin Smith

Oboe, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor

Lecturer in Oboe, Yale School of Music
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
Monica Ellis, bassoon

Monica Ellis

Bassoon, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Jeff Scott, horn

Jeff Scott

Horn, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
William Purvis

William Purvis

Professor in the Practice of Horn, Yale School of Music
Director, Morris Steinert Collection of Musical Instruments
Coordinator of Woodwind and Brass Studies, Yale School of Music
Brass
William Purvis

William Purvis

Professor in the Practice of Horn, Yale School of Music
Director, Morris Steinert Collection of Musical Instruments
Coordinator of Woodwind and Brass Studies, Yale School of Music
Photo of Allan Dean.

Allan Dean

Trumpet, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Scott Hartman

Scott Hartman

Lecturer in Trombone, Yale School of Music
Piano
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
Coordinator of Piano Studies, 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
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Amy Yang

Piano, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Wei-Yi Yang

Wei-Yi Yang

Professor in the Practice of Piano, Yale School of Music

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How to Apply

Application Deadline:  4 p.m. (EST) January 5, 2023

The Norfolk Chamber Music FestivalYale Summer School of Music will accept applications for the 2023 Chamber Music Session from individual violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and piano instrumentalists, as well as pre-formed string quartets, wind quintets, brass quintets, and piano trios. 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.

Application form for individual:

  • Choose the 2023 Chamber Music Session application. Do not use the 2023 Ensemble Member Supplement. This is for additional members of pre-formed ensembles only.

Application form for pre-formed ensemble:

  • There are two parts to the online application for pre-formed ensembles:
  1. 2023 Chamber Music Session application to be completed by one ensemble member designated as the ensemble's primary contact. This must be completed first.
  2. 2023 Ensemble Member Supplement to be completed by all remaining ensemble members.
  • The primary contact will first complete the 2023 Chamber Music Application. This person must know the following information for each member: 
  1. Each member's full name, address, instrument, birthdate (date, month, and year), and email address (This is the email where the application link will be sent.)
  2. The ensemble's preferred audition dates (first and second choices).
  • 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, the remaining members will receive an email with a link and temporary PIN to help “reset the password” for the "2023 Ensemble Member Supplement", which will appear as “already in progress.”
  • Each 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, that member must submit an additional, separate application and application fee.

2. Screening Video(s)
Screening 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 1/1/22.

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

Preformed 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.

Preformed Wind Quintets

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

Preformed 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, first violin part, Beethoven String Quartet in G Major, Op.18, No. 2 (first movement, exposition).

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 1) Mozart Viola Quintet K. 515 (third movement; bars 100-118);  and  2) Brahms String Quartet, No. 3, Op. 67 (third movement; bars 156)

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 1)  Bartók String Quartet No. 2 (first movement, rehearsal number 18 to the end);  and  2) Beethoven Op. 18, No. 4 (first movement, measures 108–127)

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.

 

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 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 will be held in select cities across the United States. Applicants invited to a live audition will be notified by email. Videos may substitute for live auditions 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.

LIVE AUDITION DATES

Violin, Viola, Cello, String Quartets, Piano Trio
Boston, MA:  Wednesday, February 1
New Haven, CT:  Saturday, February 4
New York, NY:   Sunday, February 5
Los Angeles, CA:   Tuesday, February 7
Philadelphia, PA:   Saturday, February 11

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Wind Quintet
Boston, MA:   Wednesday, February 1
Los Angeles, CA:   Tuesday, February 7
New Haven, CT:  Thursday, February 9
New York, NY:   Friday, February 10
Philadelphia, PA:   Saturday, February 11

Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Brass Quintet
Boston, MA:   Wednesday, February 1
Los Angeles, CA:   Tuesday, February 7
New York, NY:   Friday, February 10
Philadelphia, PA:   Saturday, February 11
New Haven, CT:  TO BE ANNOUNCED

Piano only
Boston, MA:   Wednesday, February 1
New Haven, CT:  Friday, February 3
Los Angeles, CA:   Tuesday, February 7
New York, NY:   Friday, February 10
Philadelphia, PA:   Saturday, February 11

 

Acceptance

Candidates will be notified by email on or before March 31, 2023, 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.

Application Form

Questions?

Call 860.542.3000 Or Email

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