MMF is still accepting applications for this summer's music festival for all strings and harp. 

June 27th – July 22nd, 2017

The MMF Orchestra Institute accepts talented young string players for intensive study and performance during the summer festival. 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 string 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 placement in the MMF Symphony Orchestra, which performs multiple symphonic concerts each season at both the New World Center and Barry University's Broad Theatre. 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 Dallas Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and more. MMF also conducts master classes 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 training/string audition seminar led by Gary Levinson (senior principal associate concertmaster, Dallas Symphony).

Full and partial scholarships are available; see below for application information. 


  • Private lessons and master classes with world-renowned faculty and guest teaching-artists (past guest teaching-artists include Andrés Cárdenes–internationally acclaimed conductor, Tchaikovsky Competition laureate, and former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony)
  • Symphonic concerts performed at the New World Center and Broad Theatre
  • Chamber music performances coached by faculty and artists-in-residence
  • Concerto Competition granting multiple winners solo concert performances with the MMF Symphony Orchestra
  • Orchestra readings of standard symphonic repertoire
  • Career management classes given by MMF faculty and visiting artists
  • Optional concertmaster training given by Gary Levinson and Andrés Cárdenes

Opera/Conductors Orchestra Fellowship

June 20th – July 30th, 2017

Participants awarded an Opera Orchestra Fellowship receive a full fellowship (tuition and housing). 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.

Additional duties as an Opera Orchestra Fellow include serving as the primary players for the Opera Institute productions and Conducting Institute program, including mainstage and chamber operas, and orchestral readings.

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

2017 Faculty


The Miami Music Festival places significant importance on the study and performance of chamber music. The chamber music program, coordinated by Michael Klotz, violist of the Amernet String Quartet, features intensive study of works for strings, winds, and brass, and collaborates with 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 outstanding faculty and artists-in-residence. Repertoire includes chamber music works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Dvořák, Shostakovich, and Bartók. Piano chamber music includes works by Mozart, Dvořák, Brahms, Franck, and Shostakovich. Performance opportunities include weekly chamber concerts at Barry University,The Betsy Hotel Chamber Music Series and the Bakehouse Museum Summer Concert Series. 


The Miami Music Festival hosts a symphony concert each season devoted entirely 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; winners also receive a high-quality video recording of their performance for self-promotional use. Concerto Competition auditions take place at the end of the first week of the festival and are heard by a panel consisting of the festival's conductors and faculty. Students may audition with any concerto from the Classical through Romantic eras.

String Fellowship Opportunities

All fellowships include free tuition and housing.

2017 Live Audition Dates

  • New York City @ NOLA Studios – February 4th
  • Boston, MA – February 5th
  • Houston, TX – February 5th @ 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)

* video submissions due March 1st


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. 


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 (expositions from classical works are also accepted)*
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts (chosen by applicant) 
  • Video recordings should be recorded during the last year and not contain any audio edits
  • Separate Video Files for each work are allowed

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


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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