Chamber Music Institute Application Requirements

As of February 12, we are no longer accepting applications.

Round One: Applicants submit completed application form, audition recordings, and supplementary materials.

Round Two: Applicants who pass Round One will be invited to audition live. If an applicant is unable to audition live, the final decision will be made based upon submitted recordings and materials.

Since applications are reviewed as they arrive and invitations to audition live are made on a rolling basis, early applications are encouraged. Please note: for 2018, we are not accepting applications from preformed ensembles.


The following items must be submitted:

  • Online application form
  • Biography and/or résumé detailing the following information:
    • Current and recent affiliations with any educational and performance institutions (e.g., professional ensembles, youth orchestras, chamber ensembles, preparatory programs, etc.); include dates
    • A list of competitions, scholarships, or any other notable performances or awards; include dates
  • A list of your recent solo and chamber repertoire
  • Recorded repertoire (Please view recorded repertoire requirements for the International Program here and the Young Performers Program here.)
  • Young Performers Program applicants only — please upload a very brief video of yourself telling us why you want to come to Music@Menlo. Video should be approximately one minute in duration.
  • A list of the audition recordings you are submitting. Include name of work, composer, and date recorded
  • A letter of recommendation from a primary instructor and/or musician of prominent standing (Note: For all applicants except returning Young Performers Program students, at least one letter of recommendation is required, however, additional letters are gladly accepted. See the online application for details.)
  • As an optional item, applicants may submit a head shot
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $70 if applying before January 1, 2018, or $95 if applying January 2 or later

2018 AUDITION DATES AND LOCATIONS (subject to change)
Since applications are reviewed as they arrive and invitations to audition live are made on a rolling basis, early applications are encouraged. If an applicant is unable to audition live, a Skype audition will be scheduled.

New York, NY: January 29 (Young Performers Program only)
Boston, MA: January 30
New York, NY: February 2, 3, and 4 (International Program only)
Philadelphia, PA: February 6
Atherton, CA: February 3 and 4 (Young Performers Program only) Please note change in dates
Los Angeles, CA: February 12

Live auditions are conducted by one or two members of the audition committee and are video recorded for review by the full audition committee. Most live auditions are fifteen minutes long.

Audition results are generally sent to applicants by email, with the exception of those who have been admitted, who will receive notification by phone. All applicants will be notified of their status by March 1, 2018. Invited applicants are typically given twenty-four hours to accept or decline an invitation for admission.

Financial aid is available to participants in the Young Performers Program who demonstrate unmet financial need. Download a financial aid application.

Financial aid applications will not be considered if postmarked after February 15, 2018, and will be evaluated separately from the admissions process.

Please review our Institute FAQ section and feel free to contact Marianne LaCrosse, General Manager and Education Programs Director, at 650-330-2131 or

Faculty subject to change. Music@Menlo does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, disability, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. This nondiscriminatory policy covers admission and access to and treatment and employment in the festival’s programs and activities. Inquiries regarding this policy may be directed to the festival office at 650-330-2030.