Strings

Symphony Orchestra
June 26 – July 20, 2018  

Opera & Conductors Orchestra
June 19 – July 30, 2018

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The MMF Orchestra Institute accepts talented young string players for intensive study and performance. Ranging from pre-college to emerging professionals, accepted string players are serious musicians who are planning to enter or are in the process of completing a music program at an accredited institution, or are entering the world of professional auditions. The strings program is aimed at developing the necessary skills for achieving success in a career in the symphonic field.

All string students audition upon arrival for seating placement in the MMF Symphony Orchestra or Conductors & Opera Orchestra, which perform multiple concerts each season. Additional performance opportunities include chamber music concerts and participation in the MMF Concerto Competition. 

String players receive private lessons and chamber music coachings with MMF's esteemed faculty and guest teaching artists from such renowned institutions as the Juilliard School, Dallas Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. MMF also offers masterclasses and seminars in artistry and career objectives for the enterprising string student. Over the course of the festival, students explore solo technique, chamber and collaborative works, and demanding orchestral repertoire.  

Advanced string players have the option of participating in a concertmaster seminar led by Gary Levinson (senior principal associate concertmaster, Dallas Symphony).

Full and partial scholarships are available. See below for application information. 


STRING STUDIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Private lessons and masterclasses with world-renowned faculty and guest teaching artists 
  • Symphonic concerts performed in locations such as the New World Center, Arsht Center and Broad Theatre
  • Chamber music performances coached by faculty and artists-in-residence
  • Concerto Competition granting multiple winners a concerto performance with the MMF Symphony Orchestra
  • Orchestra readings and sectionals covering standard symphonic repertoire
  • Career management classes given by MMF faculty and visiting artists
  • Optional concertmaster training given by Gary Levinson


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

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.


2018 Faculty

Cello, harp and additional faculty TBD


STRING CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

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.


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 Live Audition Dates

  • Miami, Florida – February 13-14
  • Boston, Massachusetts – February 15
  • New York, New York – February 16-17
  • 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
  • Houston, Texas – February 10

Video submissions are due by 11:59pm on March 1, 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. 


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 April 1, 2018

* Piano accompaniment is not required but may be used for the solo work.  


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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