Summer Institute


Message from Founder James Dick  (1:25)
Contact: Alain G. Declert, Program Director
Email: alaind@festivalhill.org 
Cell Phone: 979-250-3815

2022 Round Top Music Festival
(51st Anniversary)

June 5 - July 17, 2022


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, 2004) 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 percussions, 2 harps 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 21 at 11:00 am (Young Persons' Concert) and Sunday July 3 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.

2022 Orchestra Repertoire includes
  • June 6 - June 11: L. van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 in c; Sergei Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2
  • June 13 - June 18: G. Verdi, La Forza del Destino Overture; P.I.Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D; Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade
  • June 20 - June 25: Claude Debussy, Prelude a l'apres midi d'un Faune; Henri Tomasi, Trumpet Concerto; Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 11
  • June 27 - July 2: Paul Dukas, La Peri; Claude Debussy, Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra; Igor Stravinsky, Petrushka
  • July 4 - July 9: Bedrich Smetana, The Moldau; Bohuslav Martinu, Rhapsodie-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition
  • July 11 - July 16: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.2; Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5

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.)


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