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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. The festival takes place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.  The festival is limited to 72 serious Rising Artists.


June 25- July 15, 2023

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

Participants Receive:

  • 90 minutes of private lessons each week with Ascent Faculty
  • Weekly technique and 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
  • Chamber performances
  • Outreach Performances
  • Orchestral Excerpt Training
  • 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:

On-campus Tuition: $3400 Includes room and board provided in air-conditioned dorm on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

Off-campus Tuition: $2100

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 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.

COVID-19 Protocols: We will be following the COVID protocols set in place for visitors at the time of the festival by the University of Cincinnati, for the latest info check here


Application and Audition:

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  • Priority deadline: February 1st
  • Applications still open until all spaces filled, final deadline is March 1st 
  • Admissions decisions for priority applicants will be sent by March 1st

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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