July 13-29, 2018


A Tuition-Free Summer Conservatory

Festival Napa Valley's Music Academy is emerging as one of America’s leading training ensembles for collegiate, graduate and post-graduate professional musicians.

The tuition-free intensive program is held in the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Napa Valley College. It features daily coaching and master classes led by visiting soloists, principal players of the Festival Orchestra NAPA (hailing from orchestras such as the MET Opera, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras), as well as conductors Stéphane Denève, Martin West and Joel Revzen.

Academy musicians will gain valuable professional experience by performing several concerts during Festival Napa Valley. There are also numerous opportunities to perform in chamber ensemble settings. This season, the academy will also offer a specialized conductor program for a select group of applicants.

Participants are selected for this two-week program through video auditions. Applications closed on April 15th for the 2017 session and on April 30 for the conducting program.

The Academy runs during Festival Napa Valley from July 9–23 at Napa Valley College.

Festival Dates: July 9-23, 2017
Academy Location: Napa Valley College
Deadline for application: April 15, 2017
  (Conducting Program: April 30)
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2017
Application Fee: $45
Registration Fee: $275

Academy Highlights

  • Multiple concerts in the 2017 Festival Napa Valley Season
  • Sunday at the Symphony
  • Porgy and Bess in Concert
  • Master classes
  • Coachings
  • Repertoire reading sessions

Noted Faculty

Stephane Deneve
Stéphane Denève
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
Brussels Philharmonic
Laura Hamilton
Laura Hamilton
MET Opera Orchestra
Martin West
Martin West
San Francisco Ballet

Conducting Program

Festival Napa Valley Music Academy is pleased to announce a conducting program. Working with Festival Napa Valley musicians and the Music Academy orchestra, conductors in the program will gain valuable conducting experience while working with internationally renowned musicians.

Assistant Conductor

Assistant Conductor

Up to two conductors will be listed as conducting assistants for the festival and will work and assist directly with all major concerts, conductors, and guest artists.
Tuition: $1,650

Conducting Participant

Conducting Participants

Up to eight conducting participants will be engaged for the festival and will participate in multiple reading sessions with the Festival Napa Valley Music Academy orchestra.
Tuition: $1,650



A limited number of auditors will be accepted for the 2017 season. Auditors have full access to all festival concert activities and, time permitting, may have podium time.
Tuition: $800


Host a Student

The Academy is looking for families to host at least one student in their home starting July 9th through July 23rd, 2017. Students are between 20 and 25 years of age, have come to the festival to study, and are all professional-level musicians. Families are not responsible for transporting or feeding students. As a thank you, host families will be invited to private events associated with the Academy.

If you are interested in hosting a student(s) for the duration of the festival or if you have any questions regarding housing please contact the Academy at housing@festivalnapavalley.org

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