Frequently Asked Questions

What is the living situation for on-site participants?

The dormitories at CUI are suite-style, with four persons and four beds per suite. These room have two sides with a shared bathroom area in the middle. Each side has two twin XL beds and two sets of furniture (desk, dresser). The same gender occupies a room, and rooms will also be divided via under 18 and over 18.

Do I need to bring anything for the dormitory room?

You will need to bring your own bed linens for twin extra-long, as well as towels. You will need to bring a music stand for practicing in your room.

Which meals are provided?

For on-site participants, we will provide all three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. For commuter participants, lunch is included (but not breakfast or dinner, except for select days).

What is the dress code?

For the day-to-day activities, dress is casual: shorts, T-shirts, sandals are acceptable. You will need concert attire for the performances and masterclasses: Men: suit, long-sleeve shirt and tie, black socks and shoes. Colorful ties are acceptable. Women: suit/pants, or dress that falls below the knee. Colorful and black attire are both acceptable.

What is the repertoire for auditions? Do I need an accompanist?

2 contrasting selections, minimum of 3 minutes each. Examples include: - contrasting movements (slow/fast) of the same sonata, concerto, etc. - a slow movement of a Romantic piece, a fast movement of a Baroque piece Piano accompaniment (for non-piano applicants) is not required, however you may submit a recording or live performance with piano, if you wish.

What are the parameters for application video recording?

Make sure that we can clearly see your face, hands and body. Record in a quiet environment. Ensure the image is not "backward" or mirror image. Check the recording to make sure there are no technical issues. Post as an "Unlisted" video to YouTube and send us the links. Create separate links for each piece/movement (2 links total). We encourage you to have your private teacher check the videos prior to submission.

What do I need to bring for the festival?

Instrument accessories: - extra strings - rosin - cleaning cloth - metronome - tuner Sheet music: - your own parts - piano score for your solo repertoire (*important!) - your printed and practiced chamber music and orchestra music

How are chamber music parts and orchestra seating determined?

Chamber music assignments are made based on your audition videos, therefore it is crucial to send recordings which best represent your ability. Orchestra seating and sections (Violin I and II) are also based on these videos. You will be sent your chamber music parts and orchestra music shortly after you have confirmed your attendance and paid the deposit. NOTE: Each participant is expected to come to the festival with their printed parts in hand, practiced and ready for the first rehearsal.

What are the dates and times?

Sunday, July 5, 2019 to Sunday, July 19, 2019. Hours will vary day to day and are subject to change, but will be approximately from 8:00AM-5:00PM. Certain days will have evening events (e.g., participant solo and chamber music recitals).

Where is the festival held?

Daily activities will take place at the Borland-Maske Center for Theology, Worship, and Music. The Grand Finale Concert will be held at the Concordia University Center. IMF day-to-day events all take place on the secured gated community campus of Concordia University, Irvine (1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA, USA 92612).

What is the tuition?

All participants will receive four one-on-one private lessons, participate in chamber music (both rehearsals and coaching), faculty and guest artist masterclasses (based on audition), chamber orchestra, music entrepreneurship class, and additional specialized classes. Tuition for commuting participants includes all that is listed above and one meal (lunch), and the cost is $1500. Tuition for program participants includes all that is listed above, plus all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), a shared room, and the cost is $2750.

Are there any discounts?

Yes, both merit scholarships and financial aid are available. These are based on your audition videos for merit, and supplemental materials for financial aid.

What instruments are offered?

Violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.

What age groups are accepted?

Ages 12 (7th grade in the fall) through college age.

Who are the instructors?

Faculty and Guest Artists presence is updated regularly on this website. There will be faculty for violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and bass.

What curriculum is offered?

4 (four) one-on-one lessons per student, chamber music (including rehearsals and coaching), chamber orchestra and guest artist master classes. Specialty courses vary from year to year, but include such diverse topics as music entrepreneurship, college guidance counseling, new music, strength and mobility, Baroque vs. modern performance, instrument maintenance, and more.

What about recreation and food?

Commuting students will receive lunch, and resident students will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks will occasionally be provided for all students, and each day will include supervised breaks.

My child is in middle school. Will he or she be supervised the entire day?

Yes. The staff includes an adult manager, as well as the faculty members. All students younger than 18 will be supervised.

My student is an advanced player. Is there challenging repertoire?

Yes. The more inexperienced player and the advanced player will be placed in different, appropriately leveled chamber groups, so as to challenge them. In addition, private lessons (two lessons per week) will meet the student where they are, and bring them to a greater mastery of the instrument. The chamber orchestra provides the atmosphere of greater community so that all orchestral instrumentalists come together to collaborate.

I need to drop off/pick up at a different time than indicated. Will adjustments be made for my student?

Students can be dropped off beginning at 8:00 am, and an adult will be present to receive them. Pick up will be firmly at the end of the daily schedule, although accommodations could be made on a case by case basis.

What kind of evening outings are planned?

IMF is waiting on regional summer performance dates to be released. It will be posted on the web site as soon as possible. Past summers have included outdoor symphony concerts and outdoor movies.

Is there a performance of the IMF chamber groups and orchestra planned?

Yes, all chamber groups - as well as students wishing to perform solo repertoire - will have a chance to do so during the festival. The Grand Finale Concert culminating our season will feature the IMF orchestra along with select additional repertoire.

How do I apply?

Applications will be available to fill out and submit online at www.irvinemusicfestival.org. Application material will include a video recording consisting of two works, and a letter of recommendation by your private teacher.

When can I apply?

We are now accepting applications!

Do I need to audition?

Yes. IMF will accept audition videos until 04/30/2020 for merit-based scholarship consideration and general admission.

Will I need a teacher recommendation?

Yes. Once you complete your application, the website will send an email to your private teacher (or your orchestra director, if you do not have a private teacher) asking for a recommendation.

When will I need to pay the tuition?

All applicants will pay a non-refundable application fee of $50 when applying. The application fee will be credited to the tuition for admitted applicants. Tuition for commuting participants includes all that is listed above and one meal (lunch), and the cost is $1500. Tuition for program participants in residence includes all that is listed above, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), plus a shared room, and the cost is $2750. First payment is due by 5/31/2020. It will be $950 for commuters and $2200 for residents, less any discounts, scholarships and financial aid awarded to the applicant. Final payment of $500 is due by 6/20/2020.

I would like to speak to the director regarding my child. May I call him?

Yes. Iman Khosrowpour would be delighted to answer any questions you may have.
Please email him at director@IrvineMusicFestival.org to arrange a phone call appointment.

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