Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director

Fellow Application Information

Join us May 31 - June 21, 2020 for an intense three-week chamber music experience. Participate in master classes coached by world-renowned faculty. Study and perform a variety of chamber music each week.

 2020 Applications Closed

Each instrument has specific instructions for the required audition recording. Please carefully read the audition requirements below for details.

Email osteinman@sarasotaorchestra.orgfor more information.

Why Choose the Sarasota Music Festival

SMF Fees

$0 Tuition
Your SMF Fellowship provides a $3,600 scholarship ensuring no tuition expense for participation.

$175 for Registration
Each Fellow must pay a non-refundable registration fee due upon acceptance to the Festival.

$450 for Housing
Housing is provided by the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, a four star luxury hotel just a block from the Festival headquarters. Actual cost of room is significantly more per student. The SMF Fellowship covers the majority of that expense. Housing deposit of $175 is due upon acceptance, $275 is due by May 28.

$230 for Meals
SMF provides more than 21 meals during the Festival. Breakfast and lunch are provided from Monday through Saturday. Dinner is on your own with a few parties and meals provided by the volunteers of SMF. There are grocery stores and restaurants nearby. All Fellows must pay this fee by May 28.

$15 Recording Fee
Each Fellow will receive a digital recording of their performances during SMF.

Musicians from top music programs at colleges and conservatories are invited to audition and participate in the Sarasota Music Festival. This is an opportunity to work side-by-side with a group of 40 music masters, which comprise the Festival's guest faculty. The Festival receives hundreds of applications each year for the 60 available slots.

Applicants must turn 18 by May 31, 2020.  There is no upper age limit at SMF. The average age is 22.

On any given day during the festival, a fellow may rehearse in a faculty-coached ensemble, play in master classes and perform on stage. Interspersed, are rare opportunities for the public to hear some of classical music's greatest talent and aspiring young stars showcased together. Selected fellows also receive the opportunity to perform in public concerts and play at churches and service organizations throughout the community.

The Sarasota Music Festival is an intense three-week event of chamber music May 31 - June 21, 2020. It is imperative that fellows arrive on Sunday, June 2, for the welcome dinner and orientation. Monday morning the Festival begins at 9 a.m. The final Festival concert and reception is Saturday, June 22. Everyone departs on Sunday. A more detailed look at the fellow and faculty concert schedules is coming soon.

The Sarasota Music Festival is located in Sarasota, FL, on the west coast of the state about 60 miles south of Tampa and on the opposite side from Miami. We advise participants to fly into the Sarasota/Bradenton airport (SRQ). Fellows arriving in Sarasota will be greeted at the airport by a festival staff member and volunteer who will take them to festival headquarters, at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center in Sarasota.

Fellows arriving in Tampa will need to arrange their own transportation to Sarasota. There is a shuttle service, with limited hours, please check the schedule carefully particularly on departing flights.

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota (one block from festival headquarters) provides housing for the full three-week period. The Hyatt is a four-star hotel on the marina with a lagoon-style pool. Cost for the 21 nights is $450 per person, double occupancy. (Each accepted fellow receives a scholarship that covers more than 60 percent of the actual hotel costs. Additional nights before or after the festival will be charged at the actual rate.) It is not mandatory that you stay at the Hyatt, although it is recommended for your personal comfort and convenience. The festival housing subsidy is available only for those who use the officially designated housing at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

It is a chamber musician's dream come true to have access to the genius of so many world-class artists in one place, at one time. Many of our guest faculty actually were launching their own careers when they participated in our festival as fellows. Now they, and other acclaimed musicians, return to their roots to share their gifts and expertise with today's up-and-coming talent.

Audition Requirements

Audition requirements by instrument:

  • If not indicated, accompaniment is optional.
  • “Work of your choice” may be sonata, etude, concerto, excerpt, etc.
  • Each requirement can be a separate video upload
  • Audio recordings are accepted, but video is strongly recommended

Final Deadline: February 15, 2020
Applications due by 11:59pm EST 

Early Bird Application Fee (Dec. 31 deadline): $75
Regular Application Fee (Jan. 1 - Feb. 15): $95

Download 2020 Audition Requirements

  1. One movement from a Bach Sonata or Partita (no repeats)

  2. First movement of any of the seven Mozart Concerti (exposition only, no cadenza)

  3. The first movement with cadenza (when applicable) from any violin concerto written between 1850 and 1950

  4. Orchestral Excerpts:

    a) Brahms, Symphony No. 2, mvt. 1 (m. 17-66 and m. 118-136)

    b) Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra, mvt. 1 (m. 76-135)

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