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.
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.
Which meals are provided?
For on-site participants, we will provide all three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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:
What is the repertoire for auditions? Do I need an accompanist?
2 contrasting selections, minimum of 3 minutes each. Examples include:
What are the parameters for application video recording?
Make sure that we can clearly see your face, hands and body.
What do I need to bring for the festival?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.