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 the New Music Workshop for composers and instrumentalists. That’s followed by the six-week Chamber Music Session for instrumentalists and ensembles. The week-long Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop closes the summer season. Each participant receives a fellowship that includes tuition, housing, and meals. 

Fellows receive daily coachings from Festival artists and perform weekly in Emerging Artist Showcase concerts and alongside internationally acclaimed artists in the Festival Artist Series on the main stage of the Music Shed. All performances are professionally recorded and livestreamed.

Key Dates

See below for application deadlines and audition dates. 

2020 Dates + Deadlines

Make sure you know the key dates for applying to Norfolk. While all programs require applications to be submitted, only the Chamber Music Session also requires a live audition.

January 9, 2020: Chamber Music and New Music Workshop application deadline (4 p.m.)  

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

Feb 3, 2020: auditions (all instruments) in Los Angeles, CA

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

Feb 5, 2020: auditions (winds and brass) in New Haven, CT

Feb 6, 2020: auditions (all instruments) in Toronto, Canada

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

Feb 10, 2020: auditions (winds, brass, and piano) in New York, NY

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

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

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

Mar 19, 2020: Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop application deadline (4 p.m.)

Jun 18–27, 2020: New Music Workshop

Jun 28–Aug 9, 2020: Chamber Music Session

Aug 9–16, 2020: Choral Workshop

Sessions at Norfolk

Norfolk’s three renowned programs are the Chamber Music Session, the New Music Workshop, and Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop.

Chamber Music Session

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

New Music Workshop

Up-and-coming composers and instrumentalists collaborate to perform and record the composers’ new works during the New Music Workshop, which is overseen by YSM faculty composer Martin Bresnick.

Chamber Choir + Choral Conducting Workshop

World-renowned choral conductor Simon Carrington leads a weeklong workshop for advanced vocalists and choral conductors that culminates in a performance with a chamber orchestra.

Life at Norfolk
A typical day for Norfolk fellows includes daily ensemble coachings with Festival artists, rehearsal time, and a concert or master class in the evening.