Fill out an online application (preferred) or fill out a printed application.
All applicants must submit a completed Application for Admission, and a non-refundable application fee of $65. Requests for financial assistance will be considered after you have fully completed the application process. If the application is submitted prior to January 1, 2015 the application fee is only $40. The final deadline for receipt of completed applications and the audition recording is March 1, 2015.
Submit an audition recording.
Students, ages 14 through 23 interested in attending Eastern Music Festival must apply and submit a recorded audition, following the instructions below, before a decision on acceptance and requests for financial assistance can be made.
Strings, Woodwinds, Brass & Harp
Applicants should follow the guidelines for their instrument on the EMF Audition Requirements page.
Percussion applicants must demonstrate their level of proficiency on timpani, snare drum, and mallet percussion. An advanced level of playing must be demonstrated on at least two of the three instruments for admission. All percussion applicants are required to submit video auditions.
One solo must be prepared for each of the three instruments. Etudes may be used for solo selections; orchestral excerpts may be used, but should demonstrate all of the typical qualities found in etudes or solo repertoire.
Choose 1 excerpt for each of the three instruments found on the EMF Audition Requirements page.
Piano applicants must prepare two solo works/movements. One work must demonstrate technical proficiency and the second should show lyrical style. The two works must be by different composers.
Preparing & Submitting Your Files
Prepare Your Files
Please read these instructions carefully before submitting your audition recording.
- Select your music according to the repertoire requirements above.
Select your media format.
If uploading to Acceptd (preferred)
Acceptable media formats:
Audio (mp3, ogg, m4a, aiff, wma, wav, aac, flac)
Video (mpeg, mpg, mp4, ogg, mov, avi, wmv, m4v, vob, flv)
If mailing to EMFAcceptable media formats:
Compact disc and MP3 files only. NO DVDs.
- Record your audition, using high quality media formats. Recordings that have been edited or enhanced will not be accepted.
- Submit your recording.
Submit: Option 1
Submit Online (preferred)
It is recommended that applicants upload audition materials through Acceptd. If applicants are unable to upload their audition recording through Acceptd, a CD may be submitted. Deadline for receipt of recordings in the school office is March 1, 2015.
The fee for submitting your application and audition via Acceptd will be $45 prior to January 1, 2015 and $65 thereafter.
Submit: Option 2
Mail Your Recording
Label your recording using the following format:
2015 EMF Audition
Name of student
Contents of Recording
Send the recording, a completed application for admission and the appropriate application fee to:
Eastern Music Festival and School
Post Office Box 22026
Greensboro, NC 27420
The school receives hundreds of recordings each year. It is essential that you label your recording clearly and that you submit it prior to the March 1 deadline for proper consideration. All recordings become the property of Eastern Music Festival and will not be returned.
2015 Tuition & Fees
- Room & Board
- Private Lessons
- Health Services & Activity Fee
- Security Deposit (refundable)
- Cleaning Fee
- ID Card Fee
Decisions regarding admission and financial assistance will be made in April, and each applicant will be notified of acceptance by email.
Within two weeks of acceptance, all students are required to pay a non-refundable $500 reservation fee (applicable to tuition), plus complete all other information requested in the acceptance and reservation packet. Scholarship awards are forfeited if appropriate forms and reservation fees are not returned within two weeks of acceptance.
All or part of the required security deposit may be surrendered for loss or damage to music, other unpaid fees, or in cases where a student has caused or participated in the destruction of property.
The private lessons fee includes five one-hour lessons.
The optional fee for private lessons for secondary instruments is $425, which will be billed during the first week of the festival.
The optional fee for Alexander Technique (course) is $185, or $60/hour for private lessons.
The balance of all tuition and fees is due and payable by June 1, 2015. All payments may be made by cash, personal check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express. There are no refunds after this date, and any refunds prior to it are calculated minus the nonrefundable application and reservation fees. No deductions or refunds will be made for late arrival, early departure, or disciplinary separation from the Festival.
Financial assistance for study at the school of the Eastern Music Festival is available, but consideration for assistance is given only after the application and audition process is completed by the applicant. Merit scholarships are available based on audition (live or recorded). Work-study scholarships are available based on financial need. Awards range from $100 to the full cost of tuition, room, and board. All students, regardless of their financial award, must pay the security deposit, as well as the cleaning and ID/Access card fees.
Applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid must submit a completed Application for Financial Assistance with their Application for Admission and application fee. A copy of the most recent Federal Tax Form 1040 of the applicant's parent (or of the applicant, if independent) must accompany the Application for Financial Assistance. The 1040 tax forms are not necessary if the applicant is only applying for merit scholarship. Information provided on these forms will be kept confidential and destroyed once the financial assistance process has been completed. Please note: An application which is not completely filled out, or which is missing Form 1040, will result in a delay in consideration for financial assistance.
Each year, Eastern Music Festival strives to provide talented young musicians the financial assistance they need to further their artistic development by attending our summer Festival. In 2013, approximately 80% of our students received scholarship assistance.
All students are strongly encouraged to apply to EMF, regardless of personal or family financial need; however, EMF recommends that students seek other possible sources of funding in their own community first. Suggested sources of summer study scholarships include: local youth orchestras and community music programs, area foundations which support the cultural arts, and civic organizations which fund educational and student leadership programs.
NOTE: Applications for financial assistance are reviewed each year, for that year only. Returning students requesting financial assistance must submit a new Application for Financial Assistance and the Tax Form 1040 each year they apply.
Merit scholarships are awarded based on the applicant's audition and their demonstrated level of artistic ability, in relation to the overall applicant pool. These awards are intended as an acknowledgement of merit on the part of the applicant, and for the most part are limited in size.
Need-Based / Work-Study Scholarships
Work-study scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. They are intended to bridge the gap between the cost of EMF and the financial resources available to the applicant. Work-study scholarships typically require three to ten hours of work per week. Work-study assignments are in areas of Festival operations such as stage management, music library, ushering, and office work. Student preferences are considered in making assignments.
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