Fill out the online application.
All applicants must submit a completed Application for Admission, and pay the non-refundable application fee through Acceptd. The fee for submitting your application and audition via Acceptd will be $35 prior to January 1, 2021, and $75 thereafter. Requests for financial assistance will be considered after you have fully completed the application process. The deadline for receipt of completed applications and the audition recording is February 21, 2021.
Know your video audition requirements.
Applicants interested in attending Eastern Music Festival must apply and submit a video audition, following the instructions below, before a decision on acceptance and requests for financial assistance can be made.
Prepare and submit your files
Please read these instructions carefully before submitting your audition recording.
- Select your music according to the repertoire requirements.
- Select your media format. Acceptable Media File Types Include:
- MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, FLV, WEBM, M2V
- PDF, PS, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPS, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, OPT, SXW, ODP, SXI, ODS, SXC, RTF, TXT
- JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
- Record your video audition, using quality equipment. Recordings that have been edited or enhanced will not be accepted.
- Upload your application materials and videos through Acceptd. Deadline for receipt of applications is February 20, 2020.
- Pay the Application Fee. The fee for submitting your application and audition via Acceptd will be $35 prior to January 1, 2020 and $75 thereafter.
Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Harp, Guitar & Conducting
Applicants should follow the guidelines for their instrument on the EMF Audition Requirements page. All applicants must submit a video audition.
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.
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.
2021 Tuition, Room, Board & Fees
Room & Board
Fees (Health, Activity, Cleaning, ID Card, Key And Security)
Tuition Info Center
Attendance is required for the full five-week program (June 26 - July 31, 2021).
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 $750 reservation deposit (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. Applicants for the two-week Guitar Summit and the two-week Euphonium Tuba Institute will pay a $500 deposit.
Participants may be billed for documented damage/loss of Eastern Music Festival or Guilford College property. This includes lost music, ID cards, keys or destruction of property.
Tuition includes five one-hour private lessons.
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 May 15, 2021. All payments may be made by cash, personal check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express. There are no refunds after this date (except in the case of medical necessity), and any refunds prior to it are calculated minus the nonrefundable application fee and reservation deposit.
No deductions or refunds will be made for late arrival, early departure, or disciplinary separation from the Festival.
Financial assistance for study at EMF is available, with consideration given only after the application and audition process is completed by the applicant. Merit scholarships are available based on audition results. Work-study scholarships are available based on financial need. Awards range from $100 to the full cost of tuition. All students, regardless of their financial award, must pay the $375 in fees [Health, Activity, Cleaning, ID Card, Key, Security].
Applicants who want to be considered for financial aid must submit a completed Application for Financial Assistance along 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 be submitted if the applicant is applying for need-based scholarship. 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: Incomplete Financial Aid applications cannot be processed.
Each year, Eastern Music Festival provides talented young musicians the financial assistance they need to further their artistic development. While resources are limited, in 2018, 82% of our students received some level of scholarship assistance.
All students are 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 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 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 help 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.
Course offerings, faculty, visiting artists, fees and other information contained on this site are subject to change without notice. Eastern Music Festival is actively committed to a diverse student body and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex or physical disability, in the administration of its educational policies and programs.
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