Summer Institute


Round Top Music Festival Overview (5:44)
Contact: Alain G. Declert, Program Director
Email: alaind@festivalhill.org 
Cell Phone: 979-250-3815

2020 Round Top Music Festival
(50th Anniversary)

Video Auditions Only Notice
Applications accepted from Monday September 30, 2019 to Monday February 24, 2020
DATES:
Arrival: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Departure: Sunday, July 12, 2020


Created in 1971 by concert pianist James Dick, its Founder and Artistic Director, Round Top Festival Institute offers six weeks (no absence is permitted) of intensive training for young talented musicians (born before December 31, 2002) seeking a transition from conservatories and universities to a future professional career. Symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber music and solo repertoire are included in this concentrated 6-week program.

Round Top Festival Institute owns its campus (over 200 acres), its venues (a 1,000-seat concert hall and a 160-seat chapel), its practice rooms, its accommodations, its food service and other amenities (swimming pool, jogging trails...) The whole project has been specifically envisioned and realized by renowned concert pianist James Dick, Founder and Artistic Director, to provide the best environment to implement the program.

Round Top Festival Institute offers to accepted young artists a scholarship (worth $6,000) for tuition through The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts.

The relatively small number of participants (about 95) whose admission is based on auditions and recommendations and the fact that participants and faculty share the same campus, create a collegial atmosphere through which a constant flow of stimulating exchanges enlightens everyone.

Enrollment includes 28 violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos, 6 basses, 4 flutes, 4 oboes, 4 clarinets, 4 bassoons, 5 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 6 percussions, 2 harps and 4 pianists.

Round Top Festival Institute is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all of its applicants for admission. For that reason the Round Top Festival Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or disability in access to its program.

Symphony Orchestra Training
All accepted participants are enrolled in the Texas Festival Orchestra (TFO) and perform after daily rehearsals beginning on Monday and culminating on the Saturday evening performances at 7:30 pm, Tuesday June 9 at 11:00 am (Young Persons' Concert) and Sunday July 5 at 3:00 pm ("Patriotic Concert"). Rotation is effective according to abilities. Sectionals are conducted by faculty and/or guest conductor on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Schedule of Orchestra Rehearsals:

Monday 3:30 pm  6:00 pm (except Monday June 1: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm)
Tuesday 3:30 pm  6:00 pm
Wednesday 3:30 pm  6:00 pm
Thursday 3:30 pm  6:00 pm
Friday 3:30 pm  6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am  12:00 pm (dress rehearsal)


2020 Orchestra Repertoire includes
June 1 - June 6: Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture; L. van Beethoven Triple Concerto in C, op. 56; D. Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in d, op. 47
June 8 - June 13: L. van Beethoven Violin Concerto in D, op. 61; Modest Mussorgski Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel)
June 15 - June 20: L. van Beethoven Egmont Overture and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58; Cesar Franck Symphony in d
June 22 - June 27: L. van Beethoven Coriolan Overtire and Piano Concerto No. 3 in c, op. 37; Igor Stravinsky Petrushka
June 29 - July 4: Antonin Dvorak Carnival Overture; L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, op. 73 and Symphony No. 5 in c, op. 67
July 6 - July 11: Maurice Ravel Daphnis & Chloe (Suite No. 2); L. van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in d, op. 125

Concertmaster Positions
are available to the best violin applicants after auditions.

Chamber Music Program: Young Artists are enrolled in chamber music groups with their peers and also with faculty members.

Soundpainting, under the tutelage of Walter Thompson, creator of this multidisciplinary live composing sign language. Eight 2-hour sessions from Tuesday June 2 to Friday June 11 (8:30 pm to 10:30 pm). During this period, voluntary participants (around 20 players) will forsake the regular chamber music program to work together as a dedicated group. A public appearance is scheduled on Friday June 13 evening. From then on, the participants of the group will be enrolled in the regular chamber music program.

Private Lessons (one hour each week) and Master Classes are included in the scholarship.
At the beginning of each week, available teaching times are posted backstage of the concert hall.
Just sign up!
Master classes are scheduled in the Edythe Bates Old Chapel.

Piano program
Accepted pianists receive individual lessons weekly and participate in master classes. Throughout the entire six-week term all pianists are coached to participate in solo, duo piano and chamber ensemble concerts, as well as in the orchestral programs whenever a work requires a pianist. Piano students are given varied opportunities to perform in public with their peers (unscheduled performance dates) and/or faculty members (scheduled performance dates.)


Please read Application Guidelines before completing application.

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