Virtual Institute

Program Overview

The Midsummer Virtual Institute of the Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival is a program that emerged from mass summer music program cancellations during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, including our own Chamber Music Institute.  The original Virtual Institute was met with such a warm response that we decided to expand and commit to an annual Virtual Institute that would help inspire and motivate students into their fall semesters.

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An attempted "Brady Bunch" group photo with our 2020 participants...

Program Highlights

The ECCMF Team is known for building community and maintaining personal connections with all participants of the online program.  This creates a close knit group of musicians, despite virtual limitations.  In addition to joining the ECCMF family, students will have the opportunity to participate in:


  • Private Lessons with Artist Faculty

  • Guaranteed Masterclass Opportunities with Guest Artists

  • Attend Seminars and Panel Discussions dedicated to personal and professional development 

  • Participate in Mock Auditions to prepare for college or orchestral auditions

  • Partake in multiple Studio Classes with Artist Faculty

  • Multiple opportunities to make connections and collaborate with participants of the Institute

  • Flexible program that can easily be attended around work or school!

Our Seminars and Panel Discussions are geared towards topics that tackle a wide range of issues, such as how to pursue various career paths in music, how to approach your own music education, how to be your best self as an individual and musician, and more!  The Artist Faculty are young professionals who understand how to be successful in the 21st century and how to stand out in an intensively competitive field.

The best part about attending the Midsummer Virtual Institute is that no travel is required!  Participants can receive world class music education from the comfort of their own home.  International students are welcome and encouraged to apply, if they can manage attending a program in U.S. Eastern Time Zone.

In addition, all aspects of the program will be recorded for participants with delicate schedules and time zones to balance.  Lessons are scheduled at the convenience between Artist Faculty and participants.  Participants unable to make a seminar or masterclass will have the option of being able to view these events via recording at their convenience.

Application for Admission

Program dates:

July 29th - August 13th, 2022

The Midsummer Virtual Institute is open to pianists, violinists, violists, and cellists who are

at least 15 years of age by the time of the festival and older (no maximum age limit).

Application Requirements:
Please email ECCMF Staff with a Subject titled "ECCMF MVI Application Submission" at emeraldcoastchambermusic@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Your Name

  • Your Age

  • Your Instrument

  • Your School (If applicable)

  • Audition Links (see instructions below)

  • Short Answer Question (Only a few complete sentences required):  Why are you hoping to attend the Midsummer Virtual Institute, and what is one thing you hope to learn from the program? 

Applications not containing all elements may be rejected by ECCMF faculty!

Application Fee: $0 (That's right!)

Deadline: May 1st, 2022

Notification of Admission Results: By June 13th, 2022

Audition Requirements:

Applicants must submit two complete contrasting works (or movements of works) that showcase their strengths and mastery of various styles.  No chamber works will be accepted, unless it is a sonata with piano.

Required Recording: Submit video files through YouTube (or other video hosting methods) and attach links to email.  All video files must be unedited, and clearly show the hands and face of the applicant.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $450

Registration Fee: $30

*Scholarship is not available for our Midsummer Virtual Institute*

Masterclass PAss

Want to gain wisdom from the greatest musical minds and teachers from the comfort of your home?  Then the Masterclass Pass is for you!  You'll have direct access to observe all of our Guest Artist masterclasses.  Please note is this an option to audit masterclasses only.  Those accepted to the Midsummer Virtual Institute will already have the option to watch all masterclasses, and an additional purchase of the pass is not necessary. 


Individuals interested in purchasing an auditing pass just need to contact ECCMF staff directly with an email stating "Masterclass Pass."

Cost: $80

2020 Virtual Institute Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knKpN34wE-s&t=2s