Apply & Audition

Our application deadline has passed. However, we are still accepting applications to the waiting list should openings arise in either the CMI or COPP program. Applicants on the waiting list may still audition live on April 24th or by video upload and will be notified of their admissions status on or before Friday, May 13th.

  1. SUBMIT AN APPLICATION!
    Application Deadline Has Passed. See note above regarding the waiting list.


    All CIMF youth applicants submit one single application regardless of which summer program they are applying for – Chamber Music Intensive (CMI) or Chamber & Orchestra Performance Program (COPP).

    NOTE: ALL participants in the CMI program who play orchestral instruments (strings, winds, brass, percussion) are required to participate in the COPP program the following week, unless they cannot participate in the second week in order to attend college orientation/first week of college during the week of COPP. College-age musicians participating in the CMI week are required to participate in the CIMF Orchestra during COPP, but not the entire program unless they so choose.

    Applicants do NOT need to submit audition materials when they submit their application.

    Applicants must pay a $20 application fee.

    (WCYO Alumni – Orchestra ONLY application click HERE)

  2. REVIEW THE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
    – Click HERE to review the audition requirements or scroll down and see below

  3. AUDITION LIVE OR VIA VIDEO SUBMISSION
    – Participants are encouraged to opt for live auditions, which will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
    – Participants may submit a video audition in place of a live audition. Videos must be submitted by the final application deadline of April 18, 2022. Applicants do NOT need to submit audition videos when they submit their application. Videos should be submitted either as email attachments or via Google Drive or another data sharing service such as Dropbox. Please upload a video of yourself performing two contrasting works and the scales and arpeggios listed below under AUDITION REQUIREMENTS and put them in a folder titled “Your Name – CIMF 2022”. Share the link to the folder with wcyo@wctyo.org.
    – Note that upon acceptance, decisions regarding seating placement in the CIMF Orchestra, invitation to perform with CIMF Chamber Orchestra, placement in chamber groups, and possible invitation to perform with CIMF Artist-Faculty on a CIMF Artist Concert are all based on participants’ performance in their CIMF Auditions. 
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  4. SUPPORTING MATERIALS (if applicable)
    – Applicants may ask private teachers or music professionals to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf to wcyo@wctyo.org no later than the final application deadline of April 18, 2022.
    – Composers must submit supporting representative materials (more information below) not later than the final application deadline of April 18, 2022.

  5. TIMELINE for 2022
    – Monday, January 18 – Early Application Deadline for current WCYO Members
    – Monday, April 18 – Final Application Deadline
    – Sunday, April 24 – Live Auditions
    – Friday, April 29 – Admissions Decisions Announced (on or before this date)
    – Monday, May 9 – Deadline for Accepted Applicants to Confirm Their Participation (including completion of commitment forms and payment of tuition)
    – Week of May 23 – CMI and COPP Chamber Music Assignments Announced and Music Sent Out
    – June – Assignments and seating for the CIMF Orchestra during the COPP week are announced, along with other Festival information
    – August 1-14 – CIMF 2022!

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    SCHOLARSHIPS / FINANCIALS ASSISTANCE
    CIMF offers financial assistance to accepted participants based on need. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other financial hardships face by members of our community, we are currently only offering need-based scholarships, but in the future will resume merit-based scholarships as well. Accepted participants who require financial assistance in order to attend CIMF should complete the financial aid form and sent it to wcyo@wctyo.org. We are firm in our belief that cost should not be a barrier to participating in CIMF.

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    AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
    Note: Live auditions may also include a sight-reading component

    Woodwinds, Brass, Harp & Strings:
    – Any two contrasting solo works – one of these works may be replaced by two orchestral excerpts of your choosing.
    – Any two major scales and arpeggios selected by the applicant, at least two octaves

    Piano:
    – At least two contrasting solo works
    – Any two major and any two minor scales and arpeggios selected by the applicant, at least three octaves

    Percussion:
    – Any two contrasting solo works – one of these should be on a mallet instrument and the other should be on snare drum or timpani
    – Any two major and any two minor scales and arpeggios selected by the participant, at least three octaves

    Composition:
    – PDF scores and MP3 recordings (MIDI is acceptable) of 1-3 works composed since January 1, 2016. It is strongly recommended that at least one of these be a chamber work that could be performed at CIMF
    – Complete list of all compositions including names of pieces, instrumentation, dates of completion, and any details of performances
    All materials should be sent to wcyo@wctyo.org by April 18th