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Chamber Music Festival


Ascent International Chamber Music Festival is an opportunity for outstanding string players and pianists age 14-30 to study solo and chamber music repertoire in an intensive setting. Ascent goes beyond the practice room to develop the musician as a whole.  In 2024, the Chamber Music Festival will take place for the first time on the campus of Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH.

The festival is limited to 72 serious Rising Artists.


June 23- July 13, 2024

Western Reserve Academy

Hudson OH

Participants Receive:

  • 90 minutes of private lessons each week with Ascent Faculty
  • Weekly studio class
  • 4 hours of scheduled solo practice time each day
  • Chamber coaching with festival faculty
  • Solo and Chamber Masterclasses by recommendation from faculty
  • Solo performances by recommendation by faculty
  • Chamber performances
  • Outreach Performances
  • Orchestral Excerpt Training including a panel discussion with Tom Hadley, Dean of Admissions for the New World Symphony and members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony.
  • New World Symphony auditions (for college aged participants)
  • Collaborative Pianists for lessons and performances

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 8am-12pm– Practicing/private lessons
  • 1-3:30pm– Chamber music rehearsals and coaching
  • 4-5:30pm– Master classes and other workshops
  • 7:30pm– Concerts

Enrichment Seminars:

  • Mindful Practicing
  • Audition Preparation & Mindset
  • Career Development
  • Musician Health

Tuition and Housing:

Ascent Music is committed to providing the opportunity for all admitted students to attend the festival, regardless of background or financial need. Awards are determined on the combined basis of need and merit.

Admitted applicants will receive scholarship details shortly after their acceptance email. Resident Assistant positions are available, further information requested upon completion of application.

On-campus students will be housed in the dorms of Western Reserve Academy.  All meals will be provided in WRA’s famous Ellsworth Hall dining room prepared by nationally published Chef Eddie Mundy and his staff.

Application and Audition:

  • Applications open in GetAcceptd on December 1st
  • Priority deadline: February 1st (passed)
  • Applications are still open and will remain open until all spots are filled
  • Admissions decisions for priority applicants will be sent by March 1st
  • Two contrasting works of the applicants choice.
  • Contact admissions@ascentmusic.org with any questions!

Pre-formed ensembles are invited to apply and will receive priority in the admission process. All members must complete individual applications and list the other members of their ensemble in the application.

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