Information to apply to our 2020 Festival will be available this October

Past 2018-19 Season

Wind Studies

Symphony Orchestra
June 28 – July 19, 2019  

Opera & Conductors Orchestra
June 15 – July 28, 2019

The MMF Orchestra Institute accepts talented young wind players for intensive study and performance during the summer festival. Ranging from pre-college to emerging professionals, accepted instrumentalists 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 winds program is aimed at developing the necessary skills for achieving success in a career in the symphonic field. 

All wind students audition upon arrival for placement in the MMF Symphony Orchestra, which performs multiple symphonic concerts each season . Additional performance opportunities include chamber music concerts and participation in the MMF Concerto Competition. 

Wind players receive private lessons and chamber music coachings with MMF's esteemed faculty and guest teaching artists from such renowned institutions as the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, and more. MMF also conducts master classes and seminars in artistry and career objectives for the enterprising wind player. Over the course of the festival, students explore solo technique, chamber and collaborative works, and demanding orchestral repertoire. 

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


  • Private lessons and master classes with world-renowned faculty and guest teaching-artists

  • 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

  • Mock auditions with MMF faculty and conductors

2019 Faculty

Clarinet Faculty TBA


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–South Beach and The Bakehouse Museum. 

Jessica Chancey, winner of the 2016 MMF Concerto Competition

Jessica Chancey, winner of the 2016 MMF Concerto Competition

Concerto Competition

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.

2019 Live Audition Dates

  • Miami, Florida – February 5-6

  • Boston, Massachusetts – February 7

  • New York, New York – February 8-9

  • Washington, DC – February 15

  • Houston, Texas – February 16

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – February 17

  • Oberlin, Ohio – February 18

  • Cleveland, Ohio – February 18

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan – February 19

  • Chicago, Illinois – February 20

  • Bloomington, Indiana – February 21

  • Los Angeles, California – February 23

  • San Francisco, California – February 24

  • Video Deadline- March 1

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 are 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 (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. 


Live audition: limited openings available in select audition locations.
Video: received by March 1, 2018


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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