Home > Apply!


Application Information for Summer 2018

We are still accepting applications for most instruments in our Junior and Senior programs. Contact us at info@elmcitychamberfest.org to inquire!

Click here to start an application for Summer 2018!

Important Dates

November 2017 Applications open

January 15, 2018 Fast Track application due (returning students only)

January 31 Financial Aid and deposit for Fast Track application due

February 28 Applications for all programs due

March 21 Recorded auditions due; Financial aid applications due

Programs and Tuition

NEW in 2018! ECCF Explorers – violinists, violists and cellists going into first, second or third grades.

Students learn how to work together in an ensemble and also participate in other daily ECCF activities such as note reading, Klezmer, Jazz, Yoga and performance workshops. Classes meet daily from 9:00 – Noon. Learn more.

Session I:  Monday, July 2 - Friday, July 6. Concert, Saturday, July 7  NO Classes July 4.

Session II:  Monday July 9 – Friday, July 13. Concert, Saturday, July 14.

Junior ChamberFest - string players ages 8-13/grades 3-8 by June 2018 

July 2 - July 14  Classes Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00 (Class 9:00 -1:00 on July 4). Includes daily chamber music instruction, private lessons, master classes, weekly performances, daily electives and recreational activities. Staff-supervised dormitory housing available on Cheshire Academy campus.  Fairfield County and Shoreline bus transportation available for nearby CT students.

Please note: Students who will be staying in the dorms must arrive on Sunday, July 1.

Returning Students apply before January 15 and receive a $200 Fast Track tuition discount!

Junior Overnight program: $3000 (includes tuition, supervised room and board, evening and weekend activities)

Junior Day Student Tuition: $1650 (classes Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00; includes lunch)

Senior ChamberFest Strings and Advanced Piano Institute - students who have completed 8th grade by June 2018 (including graduating seniors)

July 1 - July 14  Two week program. Includes daily chamber music instruction, master classes, private lessons, performances, recreational activites and some meals. Typically, most weekdays run until after dinnertime, with downtime in the afternoon for rehearsals or recreation. After dinner evening activities include rehearsals, master classes, faculty concerts and recreational activities. Staff-supervised dormitory housing available on Cheshire Academy campus. Please note: orientation for all Senior ECCF students is on Sunday afternoon before classes begin. Some rehearsals and classes will take place during the weekend in between.   

Returning Students apply before January 15 and receive a $200 Fast Track tuition discount!

Senior Program: $3500 (includes room and board and all expenses during the two-weeks)

Senior Program Commuter: $2500 (Classes daily 9am-9pm; please note: rehearsals meet on weekends. Cost includes tuition expenses, transportation to off-campus evening faculty concerts and weekday lunch and dinner)

Violists and Cellists, click here to learn about our Viola and Cello Scholarship!

Non-refundable tuition deposit due upon acceptance. Remaining balance due June 1. Some financial aid is available. Financial aid applications are due by March 21. 


New Haven: February 25 & March 2

Southport: March 9 & March 11

New York City: March 25

Audition times are assigned and approximately 10-15 minutes in length.

Live auditions are strongly recommended. However, in the event that you cannot take a live audition, please submit a recording via our Audition Dropbox (see below). Recorded auditions must be submitted no later than March 20th, 2018.


New Haven: Church of the Redeemer, 185 Cold Spring Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Southport: Southport Congregational Church, 524 Pequot Ave, Southport, CT 06890

New York City: Kaufmann Music Center, West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023

Audition Requirements

Live string auditions: Please prepare a solo piece that best represents your level of playing, and a major and minor scale of your choice. Senior ECCF applicants will also be asked to play corresponding arpeggios. You will also be asked to play a short sight-reading excerpt. The auditions will be approximately 10 minutes in length. Please allow enough time to warm-up and to take a 10-minute theory placement test before or after you play.

Live piano auditions: Please prepare 2 scales plus corresponding arpeggios of your choice, and two contrasting solo pieces. You will be asked to play a short sight-reading excerpt. Auditions will be approximately 15 minutes in length. Please allow for enough time to warm up and to take a 10-minute theory placement test before or after you play. Read more about our Advanced Piano Institute.

ECCF Viola & Cello Scholarship applicants: Please click here for audition requirements. Scholarship applicants, live audition is strongly recommended. 

Recorded auditions: Please submit a recording of two contrasting solo works, a major and minor scale of your choice (strings), and two major and minor scales plus arpeggios of your choice (piano).

Instructions for using our Online Application and Dropbox: 

Bowden Hall/Cheshire Academy

All ECCF application materials should be submitted online via our online application system and optional Audition Dropbox.  Applicants will be asked to select from their choice of either a live audition date or to submit a recorded audition. Recorded auditions must be submitted online using our Audition Dropbox. Upon creating a file in the Dropbox, the applicant may return to their application at a later date to submit their recorded audition. Should you wish to return to the application at a later date, please make a note of your application file number so that you can log in when you return.  Applicants will also be asked to provide email contact information for private teacher recommendations in the online application. Teachers will be contacted directly for their recommendations via the online system.  For help using the system, click on the Help button or live chat request provided during the application process.  For questions regarding ECCF application information, please contact info@elmcitychamberfest.org.


Elm City ChamberFest admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.