At a glance:
- Ascent International Chamber Music Festival is an opportunity for outstanding string players age 14-30 to study solo and chamber music repertoire in an intensive setting.
- The three-week festival focuses on development of the whole musician with ample time for solo practice and excerpt preparation in addition to the emphasis on chamber music coaching.
- The festival takes place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
- Ascent Music Faculty represent some of the finest colleges and conservatories in the country.
The Ascent International Chamber Music Festival takes place over three weeks on the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music’s campus. An opportunity for outstanding string players and pianists ages 14-30 to study solo and chamber music repertoire in an intensive setting, Ascent focuses on developing the musician as a whole.
Each week, participants have private lessons, technique and studio classes, chamber coachings, and orchestral excerpt training, in addition to performance and outreach opportunities. With Ascent’s emphasis on holistic and comprehensive musical development, participants also take part in enrichment seminars including audition preparation, career development, and musician health. With four hours of solo practice each day in addition to chamber rehearsals and coachings, your summer at Ascent will help you to grow as a musician. Preformed ensembles are welcome to apply – each member must complete an individual application and list the other members of their ensemble in the essay portion of the application.
In your three weeks at Ascent, you’ll work with exceptional faculty who represent some of the finest institutions in the country, including Peabody, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM, and Eastman School of Music. Faculty lead chamber music coachings, in addition to the Miró Quartet and Sibbi Bernhardsson, formerly of the Pacifica Quartet. Each participant is assigned to a faculty cohort based on their preference indicated in the application, and has lessons with each faculty member of the cohort. In your essay, please note which cohort you would like to join.