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

  • Daily chamber rehearsals at Northwest Florida State College facilities

  • Performance opportunities in the Eva and Donald Tyler Recital Hall

Application for Admission

Program dates:

May 20th - June 6th, 2022

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 open December 1st, 2021).

Application Fee: $35

Deadline: February 13th, 2022 (11:59 PM Eastern Time).

Notification of Admission Results: By March 1st, 2022

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 to be accepted into the program on their own merit.  Violinists MUST submit at least one solo recording if they are submitting chamber ensemble recordings, or applications may be not be accepted. 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: $TBD

Accommodations: $TBD

* 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 Northwest Florida State College.  Breakfast will be provided by accommodations.  Exact hotel details will be disclosed to participants upon acceptance into the program, paying all festival costs, and completion of required forms. 

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 20th, 2022

Institute Participant Departure: June 6th, 2022

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.  The Destin-Fort Walton airport is where official ECCMF pick up and drop off will occur.


In addition, participants of the program are welcome to fly into Pensacola International Airport and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.  Participants choosing to fly into these airports must arrange their own transportation to Niceville.


Participants should plan to arrive on May 20th, 2022 and depart on June 6th, 2022.  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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