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Contact: Alain G. Declert, Program Director
Cell Phone: 979-250-3815

2017 Round Top Music Festival

Video Auditions Only Notice
Arrival: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Departure: Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Round Top Festival Institute offers six weeks (no absence is permitted) of intensive training for young talented musicians (born before December 31, 1999) seeking a transition from conservatories and universities to a future professional career. Symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber music and solo repertoire are included in this concentrated 6-week program.

The Round Top Festival Institute owns its campus (over 200 acres), its venues (a 1,000-seat concert hall and a 160-seat chapel), its practice rooms, its accommodations, its food service and other amenities (swimming pool, jogging trails…). The whole project has been specifically envisioned and realized by renowned concert pianist James Dick, Founder and Artistic Director, to provide the best environment to implement the program.

The Round Top Festival Institute offers to accepted young artists a full scholarship (worth $5,500) for tuition through The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts.

The relatively small number of participants (about 95) whose admission is based on auditions and recommendations and the fact that participants and faculty share the same campus, create a collegial atmosphere through which a constant flow of stimulating exchanges enlightens everyone.

Enrollment includes 28 violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos, 6 basses, 4 flutes, 4 oboes, 4 clarinets, 4 bassoons, 5 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 6 percussions, 2 harps and 4 pianists.

The Round Top Festival Institute is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all of its applicants for admission. For that reason the Round Top Festival Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or disability in access to its program.

Symphony Orchestra Training
All accepted participants are enrolled in the Texas Festival Orchestra (TFO) and perform every week after daily rehearsals beginning on Monday and culminating on the Saturday evening performance. Rotation is effective according to abilities. Sectionals are conducted by faculty and/or guest conductor on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Schedule of Orchestra Rehearsals:

Monday 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (dress rehearsal)

2017 Orchestra Repertoire includes
L. van Beethoven Triple Concerto (Perry So, conductor; James Dick, piano; Stefan Milenkovich, violin; Emilio Colon, cello)
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony No.2 (Perry So, conductor)
Giuseppe Verdi Requiem (Linus Lerner, conductor; Soloists TBA)
Maurice Ravel Alborada del gracioso (Ransom Wilson, conductor)
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Ransom Wilson, conductor; Francois Dumont, piano)
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in D (Ransom Wilson, conductor; Francois Dumont, piano)
Maurice Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 (Ransom Wilson, conductor)
Gioacchino Rossini La Gazza Ladra Overture (Yaniv Dinur, conductor)
Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto (Yaniv Dinur, conductor; Regis Pasquier, violin)
Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 (Yaniv Dinur, conductor)
Joseph Schwantner Percussion Concerto (Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor; Thomas Burritt, soloist)
P.I. Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony (Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor)
Frederic Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in e (Christian Arming, conductor; James Dick, piano)
Maurice Ravel La Valse (Christian Arming, conductor)
Maurice Ravel Bolero (Christian Arming, conductor)

Concertmaster Position
is available to the best violin applicants after auditions.

Chamber Music Program: Young Artists are enrolled in chamber music groups with their peers and also with faculty members.

Private Lessons (one hour each week) and Master Classes are included in the scholarship.
At the beginning of each week, available teaching times are posted backstage of the concert hall.
Just sign up!
Master classes are scheduled in the Edythe Bates Old Chapel.

Piano program
Accepted pianists receive individual lessons weekly and participate in master classes. Throughout the entire six-week term all pianists are coached to participate in solo, duo piano and chamber ensemble concerts, as well as in the orchestral programs whenever a work requires a pianist. Piano students are given varied opportunities to perform in public with their peers (unscheduled performance dates) and/or faculty members (scheduled performance dates.)

Harp program. Will start on June 19 through July 16. (Orchestra and chamber music.)

Please read Application Guidelines before completing application.