Blackburn Music Academy

Admissions & Additional Information July 5-21, 2019

Join 90 of the top emerging professional musicians from around the world in an immersive musical festival in the Napa Valley!

"Great repertoire playing alongside musicians we idolized in one of the most stunning locations in the country.  We grew exponentially from playing in the Festival Napa Valley Orchestra!"

– Cristina Cutts Dougherty, Colburn School, ’17 Academy Fellow

Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy is a tuition-free summer music program from July 5 to 21st for instrumentalists age 18-36.  Each academy musician performs chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout the Napa Valley alongside internationally renowned musicians. Housing with host families is provided for all musicians and some but not all meals are provided.  


Requirements and Deadlines

To apply to the 2019 Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy, please submit the following materials by midnight on March 1, 2019:

  • Application form
  • Application fee  – information below
  • Audition recording – solo of choice and excerpts

Audition Repertoire

All applicants will be notified by March 20, whether they are invited to the festival. Notifications will be sent out via email. Acceptance and required registration fees (see below) must be submitted within two weeks to reserve one's place at the Academy for the 2019 season.

January 15, 2019

Early Bird Application Deadline ~ Application fee $45 (non-refundable)

March 1, 2019

Final Application Deadline ~ Application fee $65 (non-refundable)

March 20, 2019 All applicants notified
July 5, 2019 Arrival date for all musicians
July 6-21, 2019 Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy dates
July 21/22, 2019 Departure date for all musicians
Applications are due at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.



Winter application fee (discount) $45
Spring application fee $65
Registration fee $345 (refunded when arriving in Napa)
Tuition $0
Housing $0


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