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TMF 2017 Orchestral Institute Information

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 – 30.
  • Faculty may give preference to applicants who have not already attended the festival for more than two consecutive years.
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not already in the U.S. on an F or J visa valid through July 2, 2017 are required to apply for a J-1 visa to attend TMF. English proficiency is also required – all rehearsals, sectionals, lessons, master classes are held in English.
  • TMF 2017 Orchestral Institute Preliminary Audition Information.  Applicants have the option of attending a live audition (video recorded for faculty review) or submitting a recorded audition (video file only). Letters of Recommendation are NOT required and should not be submitted.
  • The TMF Faculty and Music Director will review all auditions and applications.  We are not able to offer feedback on live or recorded auditions due to the volume of applicants.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by e-mail only on or before Monday, March 20, 2017. Acceptance deadline (including returning acceptance paperwork and paying $500 registration fee) is Friday, March 31, 2017.
  • All accepted participants are required to participate in TMF for the entire festival (arrival on June 2 and departure on July 2) without absences. No leave of absence will be granted.
  • TMF 2017 Orchestra Fellow Information

TMF 2017 Orchestral Institute Fees - All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE

  • All participants receive a fellowship that covers tuition, housing, and meals (a $4000 value).
  • Application fee: $80 (Due with TMF DecisionDesk application and payable online by credit card. NOTE: the $80 application fee will be listed on your credit card statement as a charge from Stripe.com.)
  • Registration fee: $500 (Due upon acceptance and no later than March 31, 2017)
  • DS2019 Request Fee: $200 (Due upon acceptance and no later than March 31, 2017 for international Orchestra Fellows requiring J-1 visa. Orchestra Fellows who are not U.S. citizens and are not already in the U.S. on an F or J visa valid through July 2, 2017 are required to apply for a J-1 visa to attend TMF. The $200 DS2019 Request Fee Includes DS2019 from the University of Houston and health insurance, but excludes $180 SEVIS fee, $160 visa fee, and any consular fees. English proficiency is also required – all rehearsals, sectionals, lessons, master classes are held in English.)
  • Security Deposit: All participants are required to have a credit card on file while attending the Immanuel and Helen Texas Music Festival as a security deposit. Any charges against the participant's account (lost music/books, dorm room/equipment damage) will be charged to the credit card on file and the participant will be notified of any charges. In the event of unexpected departure or dismissal for any reason, $250 will be charged to the credit card on file, and the participant may be charged for reimbursement of housing costs.