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Presenting the Verbier Festival Music Camp

The most extraordinary music experience of your life

Are you a young musician looking for a life-changing musical experience?
Then the Verbier Festival Music Camp is for you!

Launched in 2013, the Verbier Festival Music Camp is an international orchestral training programme for 15 to 17 year olds set in the heart of the Swiss Alps, and led by British star-conductor Daniel Harding. As a member of this brand new youth orchestra, you will rehearse and perform alongside talented young instrumentalists from all over the world and plunge into the fascinating Verbier Festival experience. Known worldwide for the quality of its music education initiatives, the Verbier Festival has invited inspiring musicians to deliver high-quality tuition which is both fun and challenging. Besides orchestral training, you will have the opportunity to attend concerts and explore the many leisure and sporting activities on offer in this stunning alpine setting!

The Verbier Festival Music Camp, alongside the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy (created in 1994), the Verbier Festival Orchestra (created in 2000), and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (created in 2004), has set standards of excellence, creativity and innovation in music education worldwide. With this new talent development programme, the Verbier Festival reaffirms its commitment to the next generation, offering even younger musicians a first-rate stepping stone towards a successful music career.

Save the date(s)

1 December, 2014 - The online application period opens. Downloadable audition excerpts are published on the website

16 February, 2015 - The online application period closes. This is also the final deadline for uploading or mailing all supporting application material

13 March, 2015 - Applicants are notified by Verbier Festival of acceptance status. Financial aid forms sent to accepted applicants upon request

27 March, 2015 - Deadline to submit request for financial aid

3 April, 2015 - Applicants notified of financial assistance

10 April, 2015 - Deadline for accepted musicians to confirm invitation and submit booking, parental consent and release forms

5 July, 2015 - Start of the Verbier Festival Music Camp

26 July, 2015 - End of the Verbier Festival Music Camp

Be part of the adventure

The application requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must be aged between 15 and 17 for the whole duration of the Music Camp. You can apply for any of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, timpani or trombone. If you want to apply for more than one instrument, you need to submit a separate application for each. For your application to be valid, you will require written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

The application process

Applications open on 1st December 2014 and end on 16 February 2015.

The entire application process is online. The first step will be to create an account using the Verbier Festival online application tool Getacceptd. If your personal circumstances prevent you from being able to apply online, please contact us for assistance.
Applications include an application form, an audition video, a biography, a letter of written consent from your parents or legal guardians, and two letters of recommendation in the language of your choice, but preferably in English. All application materials and any other required documents must be completed and sent during the application period, but you are not required to submit them all at the same time.
Applications will be individually reviewed based on technical ability, musicianship, passion, willingness to collaborate, intellectual curiosity, and social and emotional maturity.

Fees & Scholarships

A fee of $70 (CHF 65.-) is payable at the time of the online application. More information about the fees and the sholarships to come.

Audition Video instructions

All applicants must record and upload an audition video with the following elements (in this order):

An introduction stating your name, home town, and instrument.

The unedited performance of two pieces of your choosing, one solo piece and one with piano accompaniment, not to exceed three minutes in duration for each piece. Both can be a portion of a longer work/movement. Please introduce the works briefly before you perform them and give a short explanation why you chose them.

The unedited recording of the required orchestral excerpts for your instrument, in any order. It is not necessary to introduce the orchestral excerpts. Wind players wishing to demonstrate proficiency on an auxiliary instrument should include the relevant excerpt, which is optional.

Your brief answer, on camera, to the following 2 questions:

  • What do you believe you would gain from participating in the Verbier Festival Music Camp?
  • If you were a piece of music written for your instrument, which would you be and why?

Other than stopping and starting the camera between segments, no editing (such as cuts, splicing, manipulation of pitch or other alteration) of the audio or video is permitted.

Instructions on how to create a great audition video are given in this video tutorial.

You can upload your video file on Acceptd from 1st December 2014. The following common digital formats are accepted: MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, MKV. There is no file size restriction, but to reduce upload times we recommend staying under 1 GB. Please use a format and resolution that is consistent with high quality internet video.

Get in touch

Questions & Information

Do you have questions or do you require any further information?
Do not hesitate to contact us at:
Verbier Festival Music Camp
4 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau - 1800 Vevey - Switzerland
Telephone: 0041 (0)21 925 90 60 - E-mail: musiccamp@verbierfestival.com

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