EMMF Music Performance Institute

July 16th - August 1st, 2021


Situated in the beautiful mountains of Northern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, the Endless Mountain Music Festival Performance Institute offers college-aged musicians insight into the music performance profession. Students will have the opportunity to perform and study with world-renowned musicians from The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and many more. Students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a professional environment as colleagues of their teachers.


Most music schools have 6-10 rehearsals per cycle. Given how most professional orchestras and nonprofit concert organizations operate, having two rehearsals prior to a concert is a common industry standard. This program is designed to give students the chance to develop the skill set of putting together music quickly alongside current professionals. The challenge of playing 10 different programs in three weeks provides Music Performance Institute students experience in:

  • Performing orchestral concerts with limited rehearsal time

  • Public speaking and audience engagement

  • Chamber music performance


Students will have the opportunity to perform seven unique and challenging orchestra concerts with professional musicians in the Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser. Students will also program two “Inspiration Concerts,” which aim to bring classical music to school children and adults in the area. You will take two private lessons each week with the principal player of your section. You will have coached chamber music rehearsals and participate in group masterclasses. Selections performed by the Festival Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles will represent both standard and new innovative contributions.

Music Performance Institute Applications are now being accepted. 





MPI Program Details and Requirements: 

  • Tuition is $2000.

  • Tuition includes an air-conditioned dorm room.

  • Meals are included. 

  • The application deadline is May 1st, 2021 with a YouTube video (as instructed below). 

  • You must be 18 years or older to apply.


Application Requirements: 

  • One movement from a standard concerto

  • One technical etude

  • One lyrical etude

  • Two contrasting standard orchestral excerpts

YouTube Video Audition Instructions: 

  • Upload a video of your performance of two contrasting pieces to your own YouTube account. High-quality audio is preferred. 

  • Use your full name and instrument, for example: (John Doe - Cello) as the title to your video. 

  • Under video settings, classify your video as "unlisted". 

  • Copy and paste the video URL into the appropriate area of the "Endless Mountain Music Festival Music Performance Institute Application" which can be found here.

  • For further information, email Nicholas Bulgarino at mpi@endlessmountain.net