Pierre Monteux School & Music Festival

Welcome to the online audition and application website for the 74th summer season of the Pierre Monteux School & Music Festival. Our 2017 program runs from June 18 through July 30.

Our program trains conductors to competently handle any conducting situation and trains instrumentalists to meet the many demands of orchestral playing. It offers an unrivaled opportunity to learn a large and varied repertoire during the six-week program. Download a copy of the 2017 Curriculum.

Musicians are full-time active participants. Players rotate within their sections and remain in the orchestra. Conductors receive weekly rehearsal time on the podium and perform in concerts. Instrumentalists and conductors work and learn together.

With the obvious exception of pianists, musicians are required to bring their own instruments.

Conductors are required to play in the orchestra and learn from both sides of the podium, while instrumentalists learn the music in exacting detail. We accept up to 18 conductors and 42 instrumentalists to comprise a 60-member orchestra.

The school’s rigorous weekly schedule — equivalent to that of a full-time orchestra — prepares musicians for a professional career. Each week’s schedule includes seven on-stage symphony masterclass rehearsals and a public symphony concert led by student conductors. Weekly concerts for smaller ensembles offer additional performance opportunities.

You can also view a short video about Pierre Monteux and His School and another explaining the nature of our program at The Monteux School Experience.

Questions about our program or the application process that are not addressed on our website (monteuxschool.org) may be addressed to Ron Schwizer, Executive Director at mailto:pierremonteuxschool@gmail.com.

To begin the application and audition process, choose your program group on the left. Note the guidelines specific to your program. Click “Get Started!” The entire process is interactive, allowing you to save your file and return to it until you are ready to pay the $75 application fee and submit.


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