MMF Orchestra Institute

Symphony Orchestra
June 27 – July 19, 2018  

Opera & Conductors Orchestra
June 20 – July 29, 2018

Instrumental faculty for the 2018 season will be announced by October 15, 2017. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Four public concerts of major symphonic repertoire 
  • Masterclasses and lessons with world-renowned faculty, guest artists, and conductors
  • Chamber music performance opportunities and coaching with faculty and visiting artists
  • Concerto Competition granting multiple winners solo performances with the MMF Symphony Orchestra
  • Career management seminars with MMF faculty and visiting artists

The MMF Symphony Orchestra at the New World Center

The MMF Symphony Orchestra at the New World Center

The MMF Orchestra Institute is designed for dedicated college and pre-professional instrumentalists planning to pursue a career in the symphonic field. Focusing on the study and performance of orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire, the program is aimed at mastering the fundamentals needed for professional auditions and life as a musician after college.

The MMF Symphony Orchestra performs multiple symphonic concerts each season at a variety of important venues around South Florida. Concert programming and orchestral readings consist of demanding repertoire that participants may not have experienced in their current education. Students enjoy multi-faceted opportunities to explore and sharpen solo, ensemble, and collaborative skills, with guidance from renowned conductors and faculty from the world's leading institutions.

All participants receive symphonic assignments, individual instruction, sectional readings, masterclasses, chamber music coachings, and the option to compete in the annual MMF Concerto Competition. Additionally, students may attend seminars on a wide range of career development topics available through the MMF Career Institute. 


Opera & Conductors Orchestra Fellowship

June 19 – July 30, 2018

Participants awarded an Opera & Conductors Orchestra Fellowship receive a full fellowship covering all tuition and housing costs. Fellowship students serve as the primary musicians for all MMF Opera Institute productions and the MMF Conducting Institute, including mainstage and chamber operas, and the orchestral readings and culminating concert performance of the Conducting Institute. In addition, fellowship students receive individual instruction and chamber music coachings, as well as the opportunity to participate in masterclasses and the MMF Concerto Competition.

Fellowship duties for the opera and conducting orchestras take priority over all other MMF activities. Fellows may be asked to participate in a symphonic concert, if needed.

Schedule for the Opera & Conductors Orchestra is as follows:

June 19 – July 1 Rehearsals and performances for opera productions 1 and 2

July 2 – July 9 Rehearsals and performance for Conducting Institute orchestra, and rehearsals for the Wagner Institute Concert

July 10 – July 14 Rehearsals and performance for Wagner Institute (combined with Symphony Orchestra)

July 15 – July 30 Rehearsals and performances of opera productions 3 and 4

Repertoire listed on Opera and Conducting Institute webpages. 

I don't think I truly understood Mozart's character until after I played Marriage of Figaro. Now having played this opera, I can literally hear in my head the characters' lilt and liveliness as they sang their passages. In turn, I also am able to apply those same characteristics when I am playing my Mozart violin concerto.. it is all relevant and the distinct style carries on in whatever genre Mozart composed. Playing in the opera pit this summer has taught me so much- I can't hardly begin to explain. Christine Kim, Violin- MM, University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music- CCM

I don't think I truly understood Mozart's character until after I played Marriage of Figaro. Now having played this opera, I can literally hear in my head the characters' lilt and liveliness as they sang their passages. In turn, I also am able to apply those same characteristics when I am playing my Mozart violin concerto.. it is all relevant and the distinct style carries on in whatever genre Mozart composed. Playing in the opera pit this summer has taught me so much- I can't hardly begin to explain.

Christine Kim, Violin- MM, University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music- CCM


Chamber Music  

MMF places significant importance on the study and performance of chamber music. The chamber music program frequently collaborates with faculty artists, as well as the MMF Piano Institute, exploring chamber music in a wide range of instrumentations and styles. 

Students audition for placement and rotation, and ensembles are coached by faculty and visiting artists. Performance opportunities include weekly chamber concerts at Barry University and The Betsy–South Beach Hotel.


Concerto Competition

Winners of the Concerto Competition have the opportunity to perform as soloist with the full MMF Symphony Orchestra in a public concert. Concerto auditions are heard by a panel of the faculty and visiting artists, which selects multiple winners each season. Students may audition with one movement of any concerto from the Classical through Romantic eras. 


2018 Symphony Orchestra Concert Performances



2018 Audition Dates

 

  • Boston, Massachusetts – February 15
  • New York, New York – February 16-17
  • Houston, Texas – February 17
  • Los Angeles, California – February 23
  • Washington, DC – February 24
  • San Francisco, California – February 24
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – February 5
  • Oberlin, Ohio – February 6
  • Cleveland, Ohio – February 6
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan – February 7
  • Chicago, Illinois – February 8
  • Bloomington, Indiana – February 9
  • Miami, Florida – February 13-14

Video Submissions due March 1st, 2018




Tuition and Fees

Tuition $1,500.00

Registration Fee $250.00

Application Fee $35.00

HOUSING FEES

Per person/double occupancy $860.00

Per person/single occupancy $1,261.00

Miami residents who choose to reside at home do not pay housing fees.

Meal plans and linen packages also available for purchase after acceptance. 


SCHOLARSHIPS

Partial scholarships are available based on financial need and audition results. Early applications have a higher chance of receiving scholarship. Miami Music Festival also assists students in fundraising and creating campaigns to help defray program costs.


HOW TO APPLY

Please complete our online application.  You may choose to select either a live audition date or submit a recording link via YouTube in lieu of a live audition.  

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • One movement of a standard concerto or similar solo work
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts (chosen by applicant) 
  • Video recordings should be recorded during the last year and must not contain any audio edits

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Live Audition January 15, 2018
Video Audition Received by 11:59pm on March 1, 2018


NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

The Miami Music Institute admits students of any race, color, creed, sex, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, family responsibility, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other Institute-administered programs.

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