MMF Audition Information for the 2018 Season will be announced October 1st.

MMF Orchestral Institute

June 27th – July 22nd, 2017      Festival Orchestra
June 20th – July 29th, 2017      Opera/Conductor's Orchestra


  • Master classes and lessons with world-renowned faculty, guest teaching artists, and conductors
  • Symphonic concerts 
  • Chamber music performance opportunities coached by faculty and artists-in-residence
  • Concerto Competition granting multiple winners solo performances in concert with the MMF Symphony Orchestra
  • Orchestra readings of standard symphonic repertoire
  • Career management classes given by 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 young musicians who plan to pursue a career in the symphonic field. Comprised of talented instrumentalists ranging from the college to emerging professional level, participants study and perform orchestral, chamber music and solo repertoire during the course of the festival. 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 various large-scale venues around South Florida. Concert programming and orchestral readings consist of demanding repertoire that participants may have yet been exposed to in their current education. Led by renowned conductors and faculty from the world's leading institutions, students are given multi-faceted opportunities to explore and sharpen solo, ensemble, and collaborative skills.

All participants receive private lessons, chamber music coachings, symphonic assignments, and the option to compete in the annual MMF Concerto Competition. The MMF Orchestra Institute also conducts master classes, mock auditions, and seminars on auditioning, orchestral excerpts, resume building, and career management.

Opera/Conductor's Orchestra Fellowship

June 20th – July 29th

Participants awarded an Opera/Conductors Orchestra Fellowship receive a full fellowship (tuition and housing). Fellowship students serve as the primary players for the Opera Institute productions and Conducting Institute program, including mainstage and chamber operas, and the conducting institute's orchestral readings and concert. In addition, fellowship students receive one chamber coaching per week, three private lessons over the course of the festival, and retain all opportunities to participate in master classes and the MMF Concerto Competition.

As a Fellow, duties for the opera and conducting orchestras take priority over all other MMF activities; fellows MAY be asked to play in a symphonic concert, if needed.

Schedule for the Opera/Conductor's Orchestra is as follows:

June 20th –July 2nd Rehearsals and performances for opera productions 1 and 2.

July 5th – July 15th Rehearsals and performance for Conducting Institute orchestra, and rehearsals for opera productions 3 and 4.

July 16th – July 22nd Rehearsals and performance for Wagner Institute (combined with symphony orchestra), and continued rehearsals for opera productions 3 and 4.

July 24th – July 29th Continued rehearsals and performances of opera productions 3 and 4.

Repertoire listed on Opera and Conducting Institute webpages. 

Chamber Music Performance Opportunities 

MMF places significant importance on the study and performance of chamber music. The chamber music program frequently collaborates with faculty players, as well as the festival's Piano Institute, exploring chamber works for trios, quartets, quintets, and sextets.

Students audition at the beginning of each season for chamber group placement and rotation, with ensembles coached by faculty and artists-in-residence. Performance opportunities include weekly chamber concerts at Barry University and The Betsy–South Beach Chamber Music Series.

Concerto Competition

MMF performs a symphony concert each season devoted to winners of the MMF Concerto Competition. Each season, multiple winners are featured as soloists alongside the MMF Orchestra for one movement of a standard concerto in a large-scale concert. Concerto auditions take place at the end of the first week of the festival and are heard by a panel consisting of the festival's faculty. Students may audition with one movement of any concerto from the Classical through Romantic eras. 

2017 Orchestral Concert Performances

2017 Audition Dates

  • New York City @ NOLA Studios – February 4th
  • Boston, MA – February 5th
  • Houston, TX – February 7th @ HGO Studios
  • Los Angeles, CA – February 6th
  • San Francisco, CA @ SFCM – February 7th
  • Washington, DC – February 15th
  • Miami, FL @ Barry University – February 17th-18th
  • Pittsburgh @ Carnegie Mellon – January 29th
  • Cleveland Institute of Music – January 30th
  • Oberlin Conservatory – January 30th
  • Ann Arbor, MI @ UM – January 31st
  • Chicago, IL @ Roosevelt – February 1st
  • Bloomington, IN @ IU – February 2nd
  • Manhattan School of Music – February 3rd (MSM students only)

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $1500

Registration Fee: $250 

Application Fee: $35


$860 per person/double-occupancy

$1261 per person/single-occupancy 

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

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


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.


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.  


  • 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 not contain any audio edits


Live audition: limited openings available in select audition locations.
Video: received by March 1, 2017


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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