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 FestivalYale 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. A week-long Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop closes the summer season. Participants receives a fellowship that covers 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 on the main stage of the Music Shed. All performances are professionally recorded and livestreamed.

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. 


Vaccination is required for live auditions, and for participation in all three summer sessions. 

2022 Dates + Deadlines

Chamber Music Session application deadline: January 6
New Music Workshop application deadline: January 6
Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop application deadline:  March 17 
New Music Workshop: June 23–July 2
Chamber Music Session: July 3–August 14
Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop: August 14–21

Sessions at Norfolk

Norfolk has three renowned programs to choose from.

Applications are no longer accepted for summer 2022.
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Chamber Music Session

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

New Music Workshop

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

Chamber Choir + Choral Conducting Workshop

World-renowned choral conductor Simon Carrington leads a weeklong workshop for advanced vocalists and choral conductors culminating in a performance with the Norfolk Festival Chamber Orchestra.

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.