Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director

Student Application Information

Join us June 3 - June 24, 2018 for an intense three-week chamber music experience. Participate in master classes coached by world-renowned faculty and perform chamber music concerts every weekend.


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



 Applications are Closed for 2018

Final Deadline for all instruments is midnight on February 15, 2018

Email for more information.



Application, audition recording and application fee, if submitted by February 1, 2018, is $75.

Applications submitted after February 1, 2018 will incur a $95 application fee.

Audition Requirements

The following is a list of 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

Download 2018 Audition Requirements

  1. Two contrasting movements from a Bach Sonata or Partita
  2. First movement of any of the 7 Mozart Concerti
  3. The first movement from any violin concerto written between 1850 and 1950
  4. Don Juan Op. 20 (page 1)

Student FAQs


Each accepted participant receives a full tuition scholarship*.

Additional fees of $870 include:

  • $175 non-refundable registration fee due upon acceptance
  • $450** housing fee ($175 deposit due upon acceptance, $225 due on June 4)
  • $230*** meal ticket (due on June 4)
  • $15 recording fee

*Each full tuition scholarship is valued at over $4000.

**Housing is provided by the Hyatt Regency Sarasota a four star luxury hotel just a block from the Festival headquarters. Actual cost of housing is more than $1,000 per student but SMF provides more than 60%.

***The meal fee covers more than 21 meals during the Festival. Breakfast and lunch are provided from Monday through Saturday. Dinner is on your own except for some parties and meals provided by the volunteers of SMF. There are grocery stores and restaurants nearby.


Countdown to the Festival


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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

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 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

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 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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About Us

Our mission is to engage, educate, and enrich our community through high-quality, live musical experiences.

 709 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236

 Box Office: 941.953.3434

 Administration: 941.953.4252

 Box Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
and at the concert venue one hour prior to show time