Chamber Music Institute

"The earth has music for those who listen" ~ William Shakespeare

Program Overview

The Chamber Music Institute of the Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival was created to provide students with the highest quality musical experience in an inspiring environment.  The program is open to string instrumentalists and pianists seeking to further refine their craft and experience a professional chamber music setting.

Held at Northwest Florida State College's Mattie Kelly Arts Center, students will have the opportunity to challenge themselves in a state-of-the-art facility that is home to multiple art disciplines, and 
serves the Emerald Coast Region.  The campus itself is within minutes of numerous nature trails, and the community of Niceville is only a short drive to the most beautiful beaches of the United States in Fort Walton and Destin.

Program Highlights

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  • Daily chamber rehearsals at Northwest Florida State College facilities

  • Multiple coachings and lessons with Artist Faculty

  • Masterclass opportunities with Guest Artists

  • Performance opportunities in the Eva and Donald Tyler Recital Hall

Application for Admission

Program dates:

May 24th - June 7th, 2021

**It's official!  ECCMF is moving forward with a physical festival in Niceville, Florida this year.  Rest assured that an in-person festival means there will be social distancingrequired masks, and cleaning policies to ensure the safety of all participants.  A number of our faculty are already performing in large/small ensembles and teaching in person safely with these policies in place.**

The Chamber Music Institute is open to pianists, violinists, violists, and cellists who are

at least 18 years of age by the time of the festival and older (no maximum age limit).

Application Requirements:
Please complete the Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival - Chamber Music Institute application on Acceptd by following this link (Applications now open!).

Application Fee: $35

Deadline: All instruments closed on February 13th, 2021 (11:59 PM Eastern Time).

Individuals interested in potential openings should contact ECCMF staff directly!

Notification of Admission Results: By March 8th, 2021

Audition Requirements:

Applicants must submit two contrasting works (or movements of works) that showcase their strengths and mastery of various styles.

* Pre-formed groups (of 2-5 players) are welcome to use recordings of their ensemble, but each member must submit a separate application. Please note that ECCMF does not accept piano duos.*

Required Recording: Submit video files through the Acceptd application.  All video files must be unedited, and clearly show the hands and face of the applicant.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $800

Accommodations: $850 for Economy Option

                         $1,500 for Comfort Option

* A $200 tuition deposit will be required at the time of admission acceptance *

*Merit-based scholarship will be available*

*Piano applicants may be considered for a half-tuition scholarship, for which they would be expected to prepare additional chamber material to play in string masterclasses. Interest should be indicated in the appropriate location on the application.*


In the spirit of coastal living, students may choose to be housed in hotels in Niceville, within close proximity to the Northwest Florida State College.  Students will have the option of choosing between staying in our Economy hotel option or our Comfort hotel option.  Exact details will be disclosed to participants upon acceptance into the program. 

Niceville and the surrounding beach communities of Fort Walton and Destin have excellent options for non-festival housing that may better fit your budget more than the accommodations offered through ECCMF.  Students are welcome to find their own accommodations, but note that they will be responsible for all transportation needs.

Arrival Information/Transportation

Institute Participant Arrival: May 24th, 2021​

  • Participants Arriving by Plane need to arrive by 3:00 PM

  • Participants Arriving by Car need to arrive by 5:00 PM

Institute Participant Departure: June 7th, 2021​

Please read below for details.  Please note that drop-off and pickup by the festival will only happen at the Destin-Fort Walton Airport, due to the pandemic.  Those flying into Pensacola and Panama City may need to arrange a taxi or Uber to get into Niceville.

As the Emerald Coast region is rich in cultural and recreational activities, it is highly recommended that you bring a car to the program to fully experience Florida's panhandle region, and to commute between housing and Northwest Florida State College.  Students will have time in their schedule to explore the area if they choose.  Ample parking will be available on campus.  A scheduled shuttle will be made available to students not bringing their own transportation to help facilitate the commute between their accommodations and campus.

The festival is located near many airports, should you choose to travel by air.  Destin-Fort Walton Airport is the closest airport to Niceville and often has the cheapest airfare rates.  In addition, participants of the program are welcome to fly into Pensacola International Airport and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.  Pickup and drop off at any of these three airports will be provided by the festival.  Participants should plan to arrive on May 24th, 2021 and depart on June 7th, 2021.  Some individuals may depart following the Young Artist Concert if needed. 

For those interested in public transportation for recreational activities, please visit to learn more about the local public transportation system.

International participants will need to secure their own visas.  The festival will provide a letter of admission to help participants with this process.

General Information about Niceville:
Niceville is located on Florida's gulf coast in the northwestern panhandle.  As a central part of the Emerald Coast region, there are many activities to do throughout the day and night.  Please visit and for further information.


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