Youth – Summer 2021


Paul Frucht, CIMF Artistic Director
Eric Mahl, CIMF Orchestra Director
Featuring graduates of the Juilliard School and other major conservatories as Artist-Faculty

Early Application Deadline: Friday, January 15th
(No application fee if applying by January 15th.)
Final Application Deadline: Friday, April 30th.


The Charles Ives Music Festival at the WCYO invites all instrumentalists ages 21 and under who have a passion for music, are committed to the pursuit of a high level of music performance, and have at least two years of experience on their instrument. Throughout the week participants will work extensively with artist-faculty in a unique and inspiring artistic environment to develop their artistry and musicianship. CIMF is led by artistic director, Paul Frucht.

* The Festival begins on Sunday August 1st with an orientation session and a concert presented by the Artist-Faculty.

* Daily activities run 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday at a venue TBD.

* Each participant will rehearse in one chamber music group including and led by an Artist-Faculty member. Each group will perform two works or one complete large-scale work at a concert performance on Sunday, August 8th .

* Participants who play orchestral instruments will also rehearse and perform as members of the CIMF Orchestra led by WCYO Music Director, Eric Mahl. Seating will be determined by applicants’ auditions and/or their participation in the WCYO if applicable. Pianists will participate in piano ensemble and/or repertoire classes led by George Fu, CIMF piano Artist-Faculty. Saxophonists must also audition on an orchestral instrument In order to perform in the orchestra.

* Participants will each receive one 45-minute private lesson with an Artist-Faculty member.

* Participants will receive tickets to all CIMF artist concerts throughout the week, featuring several guest artists, including cellist Julian Schwarz, pianist Marika Bournaki, and the Ulysses Quartet.

* Participants will attend master classes led by the Artist-Faculty and Guest Artists focusing on both solo and chamber works. Participants will also attend specialized activities such as improvisation, composition, and Alexander Technique.

* Tuition for CIMF is $625.00 for non-WCYO members and $575.00 for current WCYO members. Need-based Scholarships are available.

* The CIMF Composition program is directed by Composer Jonathan Cziner and CIMF Artistic Director and Composer, Paul Frucht.

* CIMF composers hear one work rehearsed and performed by CIMF Artist-Faculty and guest artists and another read by the CIMF Orchestra, led by Music Director Eric Mahl. All performances and readings are professionally recorded and composers will be given the recordings at the conclusion of CIMF.

* CIMF composers also receive private lessons from the 2021 CIMF Composer-in-Residence Kati Agócs and either Jonathan Cziner or Paul Frucht.

* Throughout the week, CIMF composers participate in daily seminars with guest composers, guest artists, and the artistic director as well as seminars discussing orchestration, repertoire, and other subjects of interest led by Jonathan Cziner.

* All CIMF Composers are required to also participate in CIMF on an orchestral instrument or piano and audition on that instrument in addition to submitting the required composition program materials listed below.

* Apply by clicking on one of the secure links above. You can either complete the application online, or print the application and send it as an email attachment to or mail the form to WCYO, PO Box 964, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

* Applicants will not be charged a fee for applications submitted on or before the early deadline of January 15, 2021. Applicants who apply after that date will be charged a fee of $20.

* All applicants will be evaluated on a rolling basis via a submitted video audition. (See audition requirements below.). Current WCYO members are not required to audition.

* Space is limited. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

* All application forms must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM EST on Friday, April 30, 2021 if completed online or emailed, or postmarked by the final application deadline, Friday, April 30, 2021.

* All auditions will take place via video, which must be submitted within one month of the date of submitting the 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 2020”. Share a link to the folder with and

* While current WCYO members are automatically accepted to participate on the instrument on which they perform in the WCYO, members who wish to participate on an instrument on which they do not perform in the WCYO (i.e. a flute player in Wind Ensemble who wishes to also participate in CIMF on piano) must submit a video audition on their “non-WCYO” instrument. Composers in the WCYO must also submit the required composition materials (see below) to participate in CIMF as composers.

* Letters of Recommendation may be submitted, but not required. Letters should be sent via email to

Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Harp:
* Any two contrasting solo works – one of these works may be replaced by two orchestral excerpts of your choosing (Please keep in mind we cannot provide a piano accompanist at the Zoom audition.)
* All Major scales and arpeggios

*At least two contrasting solo works
*Scales and arpeggios in selected (by the student) major/minor keys

* Any two contrasting solo works – one of these should be on a mallet instrument and the other should be on snare drum or timpani
* All Major scales and arpeggios

* 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 works list of all compositions including names of pieces, instrumentation, dates of completion, and any details of performances
* All materials should be sent to

FORMS: All participants will be required to sign a Communicable Disease Release of Liability & Assumption of Risk Agreement and an Informed Consent Form as well as Code of Conduct form and a photo release form.

DEPOSIT: A 50% deposit is required by February 1, 2021 for participants accepted into the program prior to that date. For participants accepted after February 1st, the deposit is to be paid within 30 days of acceptance. Final program payment will be due June 15, 2021. Select the appropriate option from the dropdown menu below and click the Add to Cart button to pay the deposit.

CIMF Tuition Deposit