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Application Information for Summer 2019

Applications open January 25!

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Important Dates

January 2019 Applications open

Feburary 4 Fast Track application due (returning students only)

February 15 Financial Aid and deposit for Fast Track application due

March 15 Applications for all programs due

March 31 Recorded auditions due; Financial aid applications due

Programs and Tuition

ECCF Explorers – violinists, violists and cellists going into first, second or third grades

Students learn 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 1 - Friday, July 5. Concert Friday afternoon, July 5. NO Classes July 4.

Session II:  Monday July 8 – Friday, July 12. Concert, Saturday, July 13.

Session I & II: Monday, July 1 – Friday, July 12. Concerts July 7 and 13.

Tuition: $300 for one week/$500 for two weeks

Junior ChamberFest - string players ages 8-13/grades 3-8 by June 2019

July 1 - July 13  Classes Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 (Morning classes 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 Yale University campus for students who have completed 6th grade by the start of ECCF, or for younger students who are staying with a parent of the same gender.

Please note: Students who will be staying in the dorms must arrive on Sunday, June 30.

Returning Students apply before February 4 and receive a Fast Track tuition discount!

Junior Overnight tuition: $3,100 standard/$2,900 Fast Track (includes tuition, supervised room and board, evening and weekend activities). $1500 deposit due upon acceptance.

Junior Commuter tuition: $1,650 standard/$1,450 Fast Track (Classes Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00). $825 deposit due upon acceptance.

Senior ChamberFest Strings and Advanced Piano Institute - students who have completed 8th grade by June 2019 (including graduating seniors)

June 30 - July 13  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. Please note: rehearsals and classes take place on July 4 and on the weekend of July 6 & 7.

Returning Students apply before February 4 and receive a Fast Track tuition discount!

Senior Program tuition: $3,500 standard/$3,300 Fast Track (includes room and board and all expenses during the two-weeks). $1,500 deposit due upon acceptance.

Senior Program Commuter tuition: $2,500 standard/$2,300 Fast Track (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). $1,500 due upon acceptance.

Non-refundable tuition deposit due upon acceptance. Remaining balance due June 1. Some financial aid is available. Financial aid applications are due by March 31. 


New Haven: March 1, 3 & 24

Southport: March 8 & 10

New York City: March 31

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 31, 2019.


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. 

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: 

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.