Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music

Study at Norfolk

Summer in Norfolk

Join the ranks of Norfolk alumni 

9 Fischoff Competition Prize-Winning Groups
5 of the 13 Banff International String Quartet Competition’s First-Prize-Winning Quartets 

Join other up-and-coming chamber musicians at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Yale Summer School of Music. The Festival begins each summer with a week-long New Music Workshop followed by a six-week Chamber Music Session for instrumentalists and ensembles. Participants receive a fellowship covering the full cost of tuition, housing, and meals. 

Fellows receive daily coachings from Festival artists and perform weekly in Emerging Artist Series concerts and alongside internationally acclaimed artists in the Festival Artist Series. All  performances are presented in the acoustically supurb Music Shed and are professionally recorded and livestreamed.

2024 Dates + Deadlines

January 4, 2024: Application Deadline for New Music Workshop
January 4, 2024: Application Deadline for Chamber Music Session
March 14, 2024: Application Deadline for Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop
June 20 – 29, 2024: New Music Workshop
June 30 – August 11, 2024: Chamber Music Session
August 11 – 18, 2024: Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop

Study at Norfolk

"Norfolk fostered a space in which my musical ideas were valued and respected. I grew enormously from Norfolk’s emphasis on the rehearsal process, as well as the opportunities to perform alongside faculty members."   Miranda Werner, violin (NCMF  '23)

Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop

A week-long workshop for advanced choral condcutors and singers.

Application Deadline: March 14 | 4 p.m.

Chamber Music Session

For six weeks, advanced individual instrumentalists and pre-formed ensembles study and perform chamber music with Festival artists.  

Applications are closed for summer 2024.

New Music Workshop

The New Music Workshop nurtures a philosophy of equal collaboration between composers and performers.

Applications are closed for summer 2024.

Life at Norfolk
A typical day for Norfolk fellows includes daily ensemble coachings with Festival artists and a concert or master class in the evening. There is also plenty of time for private practice, as well as an afternoon hike or swim in Tobey Pond.