Summer Institute

2023 Summer Festival
Contact: Joseph Woodward, Interim Program Director
Email: josephw@festivalhill.org 
Cell Phone: 763-772-8394

2023 Round Top Music Festival
(52nd Anniversary)

June 4 - July 16, 2023


Created in 1971 by concert pianist James Dick, its Founder and Artistic Director, Round Top Festival Institute offers six weeks (no absence is permitted) of intensive training for young talented musicians (born before December 31, 2005) 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.

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.

Round Top Festival Institute offers to accepted young artists a scholarship (worth $6,000) 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 26 violins, 10 violas, 10 cellos, 6 basses, 3 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons, 5 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 6 percussion, 1 harp and 4 pianists.

Round Top Festival Institute is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all of its applicants for admission. 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 after daily rehearsals beginning on Monday and culminating on the Saturday evening performances at 7:30 pm, Tuesday June 20 at 11:00 am (Young Persons' Concert) and Sunday July 2 at 3:00 pm ("Patriotic Concert"). Rotation is effective according to abilities. Sectionals are conducted by faculty and/or guest conductor on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

2023 Orchestra Repertoire includes
Esa-Pekka Salonen | Nyx
Grieg | Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor
Sibelius | Symphony No.2
Dvorak | Othello Overture
Tchaikovsky | Symphony No.5
Gabriela Lena Frank | Three Latin America Dances
R. Strauss | Don Juan
R. Strauss | Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Suk | Scherzo Fantastic
Dvorak | Symphony No. 8
Webern | Passacaglia
Menotti | Triplo Concerto a tre
Schubert | Symphony No.9
Adolphus Hailstork | Three Spirituals
Beethoven | Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.4
Rachmaninoff | Symphonic Dances


Concertmaster Positions
are 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.)