July 9-23, 2017

Application Deadline: April 15


A Tuition-Free Summer Conservatory

Festival Napa Valley's Music Academy is one of America’s leading training ensembles for emerging 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 are currently being accepted through April 15th with the final roster announced April 30, 2017. The deadline for applicants to the conducting program is April 30.

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
  • Gloria Estefan – The Standards
  • 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

Repertoire, events and faculty subject to change.

Musicians can apply for the Festival Napa Valley Music Academy by submitting video (via YouTube or a similar service) or by sending recordings to the Festival Napa Valley office (1850 Soscol Avenue, Suite 205, Napa CA 94559). Excerpts do not need to be presented in a single file/recording. The application fee for all members is $45. No application will be processed without completed audition form and a submitted application fee. Payment can be made here.

All applicants will be notified by April 30, 2017, whether they are invited to the festival. Notifications are sent out by email. Acceptance and required fees (registration fee $275) must be submitted within two weeks to reserve one's place at the Academy for the 2017 season.

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


Letters of reference are not required, your references will be contacted directly by the festival should additional information be required. Video submissions should represent two contrasting excerpts of recent conducting. Videos can be rehearsal or concert footage and excerpts need not be longer than 5 minutes each. Orchestral ensembles are preferred, though chamber groups or quartet and piano will be accepted.

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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