Exploring the history and legacy of Charles Ives through concerts and educational events

Click HERE for online application.

Final application deadline – April 10, 2023
Final audition day – April 23, 2023
Final audition results announced – April 28, 2023
Participants commitment deadline – May 5, 2023

Paul Frucht, Artistic Director
Charles Ives Music Festival
Explore, Learn, and Excel Performing Side-by-Side with World-Class Artist-Faculty

Click HERE to listen to Kate Remington of WSHU interview CIMF Artistic Director Paul Frucht 7/26/22

Click HERE to read CT Public Radio’s online article “Charles Ives Music Festival explores America’s contribution to classical music” 8/10/22

Watch the brief video below to hear what youth participants and artist-faculty are saying about CIMF.

CIMF offers aspiring musicians the opportunity to perform side-by-side with world class artist-faculty in chamber music groups and in the CIMF Orchestra, led by conductor Eric Mahl. CIMF Artist-Faculty hold positions in major American Orchestras, lead chamber ensembles, and perform on Broadway. In addition to our educational programs, the CIMF Artist Concerts, open to the public, are a professional series performed by CIMF Artist-Faculty and guest artists. They honor the legacy of Charles Ives through performances of his works, music of other American composers and musicians, and music that transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music to incorporate other styles of music. 

What participants are saying:
“CIMF inspired me to reach higher and become a better musician. The faculty were very professional, and easily connected with everyone. Through rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts all of the participants were able to grow together.” – Katherine M. CIMF Participant

“CIMF is, both objectively and subjectively, the single best music program I have attended. The opportunity to collaborate with like-minded musicians of different skill levels in assembling chamber music, under the instruction of some of the greatest instrumentalists currently alive is, as one might expect, extremely beneficial in improving as a musician, both for myself and others who attend the program. The faculty are some of the best-natured and most helpful music teachers I have worked with; they always seem to know exactly the best way to tackle any improvements that can be made. CIMF has inspired me to pursue music; it is safe to say, without hyperbole, that my life would be substantially different without CIMF.” – 
Dmitri V CIMF Participant


To learn more about Charles Ives and his music, visit the Charles Ives Society website.