Frequently Asked Questions

What is the dress code?


For lessons we suggest casual and comfortable yet nice clothes; ripped/torn jeans, low cute clothing are not appropirate. You will need concert attire for the masterclasses. Masterclasses: Men: suit jacket and tie (optional), long-sleeve collared shirt, khakis or slacks. 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?


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?


Sunday, June 5th, 2022 to Sunday, June 19th, 2022. 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 three different programs for participants: Artist [$2000]: - Includes 3 lessons with the teacher of your choice (as you indicate on your application). - Teacher preference is subject to availability. - Possible opportunity to perform in a masterclass. This will be based on audition. Scholar [$2250]: - Includes 3 lessons with the teacher of your choice (as you indicate on your application). - Teacher preference is subject to availability. - Possible opportunity to perform a masterclass. This will be based on audition. - Includes Education Package, with personalized feedback after the festival from the Director in conjunction with other faculty regarding your performance and offering suggestions for your future studies. Online Auditor [$150]: - Full access to all streamed masterclasses and concerts, as well online masterclasses.




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, horn, trumpet, saxophone, and voice.




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, winds/brass, piano, and voice.




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 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. Our guest artists are of the highest international caliber, and repertoire at the advanced high school/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?


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. For more information about our application process and deadlines, please see the "Apply Now!" page.




When can I apply?


Applications are open now!




Do I need to audition?


Yes. Applications are now open 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 1st, 2022. To secure your spot in the festival, final payments and required forms must be completed by May 15th, 2022. 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. 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.




Can my child take private lessons during the festival?


Yes! Participation in the festival will include private lessons with a Teaching Artist. There are 3 (three) individual lessons during the two-week program.




What are the guidelines for COVID-19?


As the situation continues to develop, 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 beomes available. Please rest assured that the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, guest artists and staff are of paramount importance.