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  • What is the dress code?
    For daily activities and lessons, we suggest casual and comfortable yet nice clothes; ripped/torn jeans, low cut clothing are not appropriate. You will need concert attire for the masterclasses: Men: suit jacket and tie (optional), long-sleeve collared shirt, khakis or slacks, dress shoes. Colorful ties are acceptable. Ladies: suit jacket or formal blouse with dress pants, or dress that falls below the knee. Formal shoes. 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?
    In order to have a successful and productive festival experience, you will need to bring (including, but not limited to): - your instrument - printed orchestra and chamber music parts (PDFs will be sent via e-mail closer to the festival) - music for solo repertoire - piano score for your solo repertoire - a pencil and eraser - tuner and metronome
  • 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?
    The festival takes place Sunday, June 30, 2024 to Saturday, July 13, 2024. Hours will vary day to day depending on the program you enroll in and are subject to change. The daily schedule may consist of guest artist masterclasses, private lessons with Artist Teachers, and specialty classes. We will try our best to schedule private coachings to not conflict with masterclasses on the same instrument.
  • Where is the festival held?
    Daily activities will take place at the Borland-Maske Center for Theology, Worship, and Music at Concordia University Irvine. 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?
    Irvine Music Festival offers two different programs for participants and one auditing program. Artist [$2000]: - Includes 3 lessons with the teacher of your choice (as you indicate on your application). - Teacher preference is subject to availability. - Opportunities to perform in masterclasses will be based on audition. Performance opportunities for a guest artist masterclass are highly competitive. There may be opportunities to perform in a faculty masterclass based on audition. - Lunch provided for the entire duration of the festival. ​ Scholar [$2250]: - Includes 3 lessons with the teacher of your choice (as you indicate on your application). - Teacher preference is subject to availability. - Opportunities to perform in masterclasses will be based on audition. Performance opportunities for a guest artist masterclass are highly competitive. There may be opportunities to perform in a faculty masterclass based on audition. - Lunch provided for the entire duration of the festival. - Education Package: A customized package providing college-bound participants with the counseling and recommendations that will aid them in the college application process Resident Housing [Cost TBD, approx. $850]: - Participants may opt to live on campus at Concordia University Irvine for the duration of Irvine Music Festival. - Residents will stay in spacious suite-style dorms that feature a shared bathroom, kitchenette, and living room. - Chaperones will be present to supervise resident participants. - Resident housing cost will also include breakfast and dinner. Auditor [$150]: - Full auditing access virtually to masterclasses and specialty classes throughout the duration of the festival. - Applications for auditing are accepted until July 13, 2024.
  • 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. We also offer a discount for returning participants to Irvine Music Festival.
  • What instruments are offered?
    Violin, viola, cello, double bass, winds, and piano.
  • What age groups are accepted?
    Ages 11 (6th grade in the fall) through college age. Exceptions may apply.
  • 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, winds and piano.
  • Can my child take private lessons during the festival?
    Yes! Participation in the festival will include private lessons. There are 3 (three) individual lessons during the program.
  • What curriculum is offered?
    Programs include participation in string orchestra, chamber music, masterclasses, and private lessons. Specialty courses vary from year to year, but include such diverse topics as music entrepreneurship, social media management and branding, new music, strength and mobility, Baroque vs. modern performance, instrument maintenance, and more. The individual sessions of the College Guidance class is only included in the Education Package.
  • What about recreation and food?
    All participants will receive lunch. 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! Students will receive a daily schedule that details every activity they will be participating in, and when and where it will take place. We will have staff monitoring the campus during all hours of the festival to ensure your child's safety and well-being.
  • My student/child is an advanced player. Is there challenging repertoire?
    We ask that the student prepare repertoire which best suits their abilities. Repertoire for lessons has no range limitations. If the applicant is accepted, we will match them to the teacher of their choice per the teacher's availability. Chamber music and chamber orchestra assignments are determined based on the levels of the accepted applicants. Our guest artists are of the highest international caliber, and repertoire at the advanced middle and high schools, university or conservatory level is considered appropriate for the masterclasses.
  • 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. We will make sure to conform to local COVID-19 safety guidelines.
  • Is there a performance of the IMF chamber groups and orchestra planned?
    Students will have an opportunity to perform solo repertoire in our Student Showcase Recital, which takes place during the festival. The Grand Finale Concert culminates the season and will feature all chamber groups and the IMF Orchestra along with select additional repertoire.
  • How do I apply?
    Applications will be available to fill out and submit online on the "Apply Now!" page. Application material will include a video recording consisting of two works, and a letter of recommendation by your private teacher.
  • When can I apply?
    Applications for the summer 2024 season will open soon.
  • Do I need to audition?
    Yes. Applications will open soon and there will be a submission deadline to be considered for merit-based/financial aid awards 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. This is an important component of your application!
  • When will I need to pay the tuition?
    Acceptance letters will be sent out via e-mail by May 15, 2024 for those who wish to be considered for scholarships. To secure your spot in the festival, first payments and required forms must be completed by May 24, 2024. Final tuition balance is due by May 31, 2024. For general consideration, applications and audition materials are due by May 24, 2024. Acceptance letters will be sent out via e-mail. To secure your spot in the festival, final tuition balance and required forms must be completed by May 31, 2024. More information about tuition and deadlines can be found on the "Apply Now!" page.
  • I would like to speak to the director regarding my child. May I call him?
    Yes! Mr. Iman would be delighted to answer any questions you may have. Please email him at to arrange a phone call appointment.
  • What are the guidelines for COVID-19?
    We will make sure to conform to the local and state regulations, as well as Concordia University Irvine's campus protocols, regarding COVID-19. We will monitor and update here on the website as information becomes available. Please rest assured that the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, guest artists and staff are of paramount importance.
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