50th Round Top Music Festival
50th Round Top Music Festival
Thirty-seven young talented artists chosen from more than 350 applicants from all over the world will convene at tiny Round Top, Texas on Sunday June 6 till Sunday July 18, 2021 for the 50th Round Top Music Festival. The 6-week intensely concentrated course supervised by its Founder and Artistic Director James Dick includes orchestra rehearsals and performances, chamber music coaching and performances, master classes, and private lessons. Thirty-one faculty members and six conductors will arrive on campus on a rotating schedule to mentor the participants.

Alumni of the previous 49 years are to be found at any corner of the planet playing in great symphony orchestras and teaching in leading universities and conservatories. Fourteen of them are now teaching at Round Top!

Everyday, visitors and music lovers can join and attend rehearsals, master classes and/or performances at the beautifully crafted and acoustically peerless Festival Concert Hall or at the more intimate Edythe Bates Old Chapel. The 210-acre campus offers shaded picnic areas and free parking.

The Texas Festival Orchestra, body of the Young Artists, will present 7 programs: six of them on Saturdays at 7:30 pm and one free specifically designed for toddlers and teenagers on Tuesday June 22 at 11:00 am. The opening orchestral concert is on Saturday June 12.

The orchestra rehearses every weekday from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm in the Festival Concert Hall. Rehearsals are open and free to the public.

The 2021 roster of conductors includes:
  • Austrian Christian Arming, Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege
  • Puerto Rican Emilio Colón, The Jacob School (Indiana), Founder and Music Director of the Festival of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico
  • Brazilian Fabio Mechetti, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra
  • American Michelle Merrill, Chief Conductor of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia (born in Dallas, Texas)
  • American Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony for more than two decades, principal conductor of the USC Thornton orchestras
  • Hungarian Gregory Vajda, conductor, Huntsville Symphony, Hungarian Radio Symphony
Complete schedule is available at http://festivalhill.org/calendar/festival.php. Forty events within 6 weeks!

All concerts are audio recorded and presented to "Performance Today Radio Show" America's most popular classical music radio program. The show is broadcast on 292 public radio stations across the country and reaches approximately 1.4 million listeners each week.

Concerts are also video recorded and can be found on YouTube. More than one million eight hundred thousand views so far!