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Apply to the Verbier Festival Academy

Spanning three weeks every summer, the Verbier Festival Academy offers a chance for artists to fine-tune their musical skills and challenge themselves to take steps toward professional careers in music. The Academy is open to solo pianists, violinists, violists, cellists, chamber ensembles and singers from around the world.

Who Should Apply?

Applicants to the Verbier Festival Academy are exceptional soloists, chamber musicians and singers. The Academy trains and nurtures the world’s most accomplished young classical musicians while encourging them to become 21st  century musicians for 21st century audiences. Academy musicians are aged 16 to 30 who are on the road to establishing professional performance careers. Younger artists, aged 15 and under, are considered for a limited number of Student-in-Residence opportunities. Musicians may attend the Academy only twice (plus up to one year as a Student-in-Residence). The Reaching Out Programme is open exclusively to alumni of the Verbier Festival Academy and Orchestras.

Age Eligibility by Programme

Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
No older than 27 on the first day of the Academy

Chamber Music
Average age of all players no older than 27 on the first day of the Academy

Voice Lied/Art Song & Opera
No older than 30 on the first day of the Academy

Reaching Out 
No age limit

How to Apply

Individuals and ensembles submit their applications through the online ACCEPTD platform. Only one representative of a chamber ensemble will submit an application for his/her group.

Reaching Out Programme

Deadline for 2017 Academy has passed
Applicants must submit:

  • a resume or C.V. describing academic, professional and other relevant experience
  • a summary of previous outreach experience (if any)
  • a list of skills you would most like to learn by taking part in Reaching Out
  • a summary of your dream outreach or concert project and where you would present it
  • a statement about the community (local to you or elsewhere) you would like to  engage
  • a description of your idea of a ‘concert for the 21st century’
  • a digital photograph
  • payment of application fee (by credit card only)

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Instrumental and Voice Programmes

Deadline for 2017 Academy has passed
For 2018, applicants will be asked to submit:

  • a resume or C.V. describing academic, professional and other relevant experience|
  • a 500-word statement describing the reason for taking part in the Academy, including learning goals and the Academy’s potential impact on artistic practice
  • three recordings, including at least one video recording, showing applicant’s breadth and versatility as a musician
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from musicians of international standing, unrelated to the applicant, who are qualified to attest to the applicant’s musical ability
  • a digital photograph
  • payment of application fee (by credit card only).

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Fees & Funding

Application Fees 2018

Pianists, Violinists, Violists, Cellists$125 US
Chamber Ensembles$75 US
Singers$75 US
Reaching Out$25 US

What’s Covered

All accepted Academy musicians receive a tuition scholarship. They are hosted in the homes of Verbier homeowners.  Breakfast is offered by these hosts and the Academy provides lunch every day. Travel assistance is only offered in very exceptional cases.

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Travel Funding

Funding for travel to attend the Verbier Festival Academy may be available through a number of public and private sources. Apply early.

Travel GrantsKickstarter

Deadlines 2018

Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
to be announced
Notification of Decision: to be announced
Applicant’s Confirmation of Acceptance: to be announced

Chamber Music
to be announced
Notification of Decision: to be announced
Applicant’s Confirmation of Acceptance: to be announced

Voice: Opera
to be announced
Notification of Decision: to be announced
Applicant’s Confirmation of Acceptance: to be announced

Voice: Lied/Art Song
to be announced
Notification of Decision: to be announced
Applicant’s Confirmation of Acceptance: to be announced

Reaching Out
to be announced
Notification of Decision: to be announced
Applicant’s Confirmation of Acceptance: to be announced

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