TMF 2020 Orchestral Institute Information - University of Houston
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TMF 2020 Orchestral Institute Information

Application Requirements and Acceptance Infomation

  • 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.
  • 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 June 28, 2020 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.
  • 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 through Acceptd on or before Monday, March 16, 2020. Acceptance deadline (including paying $400 registration fee) is Monday, March 30, 2020.
  • All accepted participants are required to participate in TMF for the entire festival (arrival on June 6 and departure on June 28) without absences. No leave of absence will be granted.

Orchestral Institute Fees

  • All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and only payable online by credit card via Acceptd
  • Tuition fee: $0 (all participants receive a fellowship that covers tuition—valued at $3500)
  • Application fee: $80 (Due with TMF application)
  • Registration fee: $400 (Due upon acceptance and no later than March 30, 2020)
  • Housing and Meals (optional): $400 (includes double-occupancy dorm room on-campus and three meals per day in UH cafeteria). NOTE: participants who do not select this option are responsible for arranging their own off-campus housing and meals and must also have reliable transportation to/from campus.
  • 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.
  • International Participants Requiring J-1 Visa to Attend TMF 2020: participants who are not U.S. citizens and are not already in the U.S. on an F or J visa valid through June 28, 2020 are required to apply for a J-1 visa to attend TMF. The $250 DS2019 Request Fee Includes DS2019 from the University of Houston, international express mailing costs, and health insurance, but excludes SEVIS, visa and any consular fees. English proficiency is also required – all rehearsals, sectionals, lessons, master classes are held in English. (Due upon acceptance and no later than March 30, 2020).