Summer Institute

Message from Founder James Dick Summer 2019) (1:25)
Contact: Alain G. Declert, Program Director
Cell Phone: 979-250-3815

2021 Round Top Music Festival
(50th Anniversary)

Video Auditions Only Notice
Applications for the 2021 Summer Festival are open starting on September 28, 2020 thru March 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm (CST).

Arrival: Sunday, June 6, 2021
Departure: Sunday, July 18, 2021

COVID-19 (update January 16, 2021)
We are still planning the 2021 Round Top Festival Institute. We will be able to open our concert hall to the public (at a reduced capacity …). However, there are a few unanswered questions such as the number of permanent on-site residents (participants, faculty, administration). One thing is certain, they will have to be vaccinated so there will be no risk of contamination during the course of the program (private lessons, chamber music rehearsals, sectionals, orchestra rehearsals, master classes, food service). Due to the unknown speed of the vaccination campaign, we might limit the number of participants and, accordingly, bring some changes in the repertoire. We will keep you posted in the next few weeks.

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, 2003) 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 22 at 11:00 am (Young Persons' Concert) and Sunday July 4 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 7: 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)

2021 Orchestra Repertoire includes
June 7 - June 12: Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture; L. van Beethoven Triple Concerto in C, op. 56; D. Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in d, op. 47
June 14 - June 19: L. van Beethoven Violin Concerto in D, op. 61; Modest Mussorgski Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel)
June 21 - June 26: L. van Beethoven Egmont Overture and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58; Cesar Franck Symphony in d
June 28 - July 3: Antonin Dvorak Carnival Overture: L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in c, op. 37; L. van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in c, op. 67
July 5 - July 10: L. van Beethoven Coriolan; L. van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, op. 73; Igor Stravinsky Petrushka 
July 12 - July 17: 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 at Festival Hill (4:15)
Soundpainting Program:

Soundpainting, under the tutelage of Walter Thompson, creator of this multidisciplinary live composing sign language. Eight 2-hour sessions from Tuesday June 8 to Thursday June 17 (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 18 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.)

NOTE to students who have applied in previous years:  Student accounts are closed after each festival. To apply for the 2021 festival, you will need to submit a new application. You may use the same email address and password.

Please read Application Guidelines before completing application.