Chamber Music Institute
"The earth has music for those who listen" ~ William Shakespeare
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.
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
May 27th - June 7th, 2020
The Chamber Music Institute is open to pianists, violinists, violists, and cellists who are
18 and older.
The 2020 Chamber Music Institute has openings for the following:
* Piano applicants may be considered for a half-tuition scholarship. Please see the application for details.*
Please complete the Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival - Chamber Music Institute application on Acceptd by following this link. (Note: Application will be available by Late January/February 2020 - Subscribe to receive a notification when the application opens.)
Application Fee: $35
Deadline: Monday, March 16th, 2020
Notification of Admission Results: By Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
* Late applications will be accepted on a need basis. Please check in with ECCMF staff to confirm which instruments are still accepting applications after the deadline has passed.*
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 audio or video files through the Acceptd application. All files should be formatted as LastName_FirstName_Instrument_RepertoireName.
* Videos must be unedited, and clearly show the hands and face of the applicant.*
Tuition and Fees
* A $150 tuition deposit will be required at the time of admission acceptance *
Scholarships may be available at the time of acceptance. Please inquire with ECCMF staff about funds in April.
In the spirit of coastal living, students may choose to be housed in vacation rentals and hotels in Niceville, within close proximity to the Northwest Florida State College. As this is private property and not a dormitory or college sponsored facility, an extra $100 refundable housing deposit will be required at the time of check-in.
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.
Institute Participant Arrival: May 27, 2020 by 1pm
Institute Participant Departure: June 8, 2020
Please read below for details
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 Wednesday, May 27th by 1 PM and depart on Monday, June 8th, although some individuals may depart on the 7th following the Young Artist Concert if needed.
For those interested in public transportation for recreational activities, please visit http://www.ecrider.org/ride-the-wave-2 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 https://www.emeraldcoastfl.com and http://nicevilleflorida.com for further information.
For questions regarding application, admissions, or other program details, please contact: