Summer Institute

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

2019 Round Top Music Festival

Video Auditions Only Notice
Applications accepted from Monday October 1, 2018 to Monday February 25, 2019
Arrival: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Departure: Sunday, July 14, 2019

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, 2001) 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 11 at 11:00 am (Young Persons' Concert) and Sunday June 30 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
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)

2019 Orchestra Repertoire includes
Isaac Albeniz Iberia (arr. E.F. Arbos)
Hector Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Hector Berlioz Les Nuits d’Ete
Hector Berlioz Romeo & Juliet Symphonic Suite
Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Alexander Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Johannes Brahms Tragic Overture
Benjamin Britten The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra
Manuel de Falla Three Dances from the three-cornered Hat
Manuel de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Edward Elgar Enigma Variations
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9
Sergei Rachmaninoff Variations on a theme by Paganini
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Camille Saint-Saens Carnival of Animals
Camille Saint-Saens Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in b
P.I. Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations
Henri Tomasi Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

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.

New! Soundpainting, under the tutelage of Walter Thompson, creator of this multidisciplinary live composing sign language. Eight 2-hour sessions from Tuesday June 4 to Friday June 14 (8:30 pm to 10:30 pm). During this period, voluntary participants (around 12 players) will forsake the regular chamber music program to work together as a dedicated group. A public appearance is scheduled on Friday June 14 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.