Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music

Chamber Music Session

July 4–August 15, 2021

Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2021.

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 Emerging Artist Showcase 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.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Chamber Music Session is open to strings and piano only — individual instrumentalists, as well as piano trios and string quartets. Fellows accepted as individual instrumentalists will be placed into ensembles.  Scroll down to learn how to apply.

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival – Yale Summer School of Music is continually monitoring the current health situation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that moving forward with the program is safe and appropriate. We will follow Yale University and CDC recommendations and protocols for safety and preparedness.


Brentano Quartet

Brentano 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
Photo of Ole Akahoshi.

Ole Akahoshi

Assistant Professor Adjunct of Cello, Yale School of Music
Director, Yale Cellos, Yale School of Music

Steven Tenenbom

Viola, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
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
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

Ann Schein

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

Gilles Vonsattel

Piano, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Daniel Bernard Roumain.

Daniel Bernard Roumain

Composer, Festival Artist, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
It is very inspiring to make music with friends on beautiful grounds and in the acoustically superb Shed.

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How to Apply

Application are no longer being accepted for summer 2021.

The Norfolk Chamber Music FestivalYale Summer School of Music will accept applications for the 2021 Chamber Music Session from individual violin, viola, cello, and piano instrumentalists, as well as pre-formed string quartets 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  (Online December 7, 2020)
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 2021 Chamber Music Session application. Do not use the 2021 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. 2021 Chamber Music Session application completed by the designated primary contact.
    2. 2021 Ensemble Member Supplement completed by all other members of the ensemble.
  • The primary contact will complete the 2021 Chamber Music Application with the information of all group members and the group’s audition-date preferences.
  • The primary contact must provide 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 2021 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, she/he must submit an additional, separate application and application fee.

2. Video(s)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, admission for summer 2021 will be based on video submission only. Live auditions will not be held. 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 1/1/20.

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.


  • One movement from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita and one movement from a standard Classical, Romantic, or 20th century concerto.


  • One movement from an unaccompanied Bach suite, sonata, or partita and one movement from a standard Classical, Romantic, or 20th century concerto.


  • One movement from an unaccompanied Bach suite and one movement from a standard Classical, Romantic, or 20th century concerto.


  • 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 or call the Norfolk office at 860 542-3000.

Live Auditions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants for summer 2021 will audition via video only.  Live auditions will not be held.


Candidates will be notified by email on or before March 31, 2021, 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.

Yale University’s Nondiscrimination/Title IX Statements

The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

Inquiries concerning these policies may be referred to Valarie Stanley, Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Access, 221 Whitney Avenue; 4th Floor, 203 432-0849.

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Personal Data

Personal data collected by Yale University throughout the admissions process is collected for the primary purposes of considering your candidacy for admission and evaluating your eligibility for financial aid, if applicable. If you are admitted and enroll, your personal data will be used as necessary for registration and to facilitate your education.

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