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Music at Marlboro
Instrumental and Voice

Marlboro’s annual seven-week season takes place from late June through mid-August on the campus of Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont. Marlboro is not a typical school or festival. There is no faculty, no formal curriculum in the usual sense, no regular orchestra or soloists, and no private lessons. Instead, the focus is on advanced artistic development and the intensive, collaborative exploration of chamber music. The Marlboro program is led by Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida in consultation with a committee of resident senior artists.

Marlboro participants are young professional concert artists, symphony orchestra members, chamber music artists and, in rare instances, exceptionally gifted conservatory or university students. The musicians are expected to be in residence for the full seven-week season and to be available to rehearse any day of the week—studying and rehearsing in great depth works from the vast chamber music repertoire with primary concern for the music itself. The program includes informal musical gatherings, workshops and seminars, and other social gatherings. After three weeks of rehearsals, five weekends of public concerts are held as an outgrowth of the ongoing study program. The concerts include just a small portion of the many works that are explored each week, and no participant is assured of performing.

Generally, there are 75 to 80 musicians in residence each season. Most of the instrumentalists are young professionals in their 20s; vocal participants are sometimes slightly older. Applicants younger than 18 years of age are not usually accepted.


Marlboro provides considerable fellowship support to help cover room, board, and other costs. However, participants are expected to contribute some amount toward these expenses; exact amounts are determined on the basis of individual financial need. Participants are not paid to perform.


The works rehearsed at Marlboro are selected from requests submitted by the participating musicians. They encompass a wide chamber music repertoire including new music by resident composers. Only a limited number of the works studied can be performed at the weekend or informal concerts. Therefore, while each participant has an active rehearsal schedule, no one is assured of performing. Participants should attend for the purpose of intensive learning and artistic development.

Public Concerts

Only Marlboro participants perform in the concerts—no outside artists are engaged. Typically, concert programs are not planned or announced in advance but are instead selected a week or so in advance from the many works studied and prepared throughout the season. Marlboro artists are not paid to perform, and all ticket revenue (which comprises less than 15% of the annual budget) helps to support the educational program.

Living Accommodations

Marlboro participants live in dormitories on campus and are provided with all meals, which are held in a common dining room and allow for further interactions and a greater sharing of ideas. Due to limited space, overnight guests on campus are not permitted (except for spouses and partners with advance permission). There is also a restriction against having pets on campus. Permission is necessary prior to any participant’s making arrangements to live off-campus, or to have guests at meals. All Marlboro musicians, family, and staff assist at meals and with community functions.

General Philosophy

Each summer, the Festival forms a closely-knit community of exceptionally talented musicians, spouses, and staff who come together in an environment that is highly conducive to intensive learning. Free from the limitations of typical professional concert life, musicians at Marlboro have extensive time—under the guidance of outstanding master artists—to rehearse in great depth, to share ideas and experiences, to explore a rich diversity of chamber music works, and to participate in special workshops on musical and other cultural topics. Marlboro is a non-profit institution that relies on annual grants and contributions to balance its budget.


Auditions for Marlboro Music are typically held in New York and are scheduled as positions become available, usually every-other year for string instruments, every 2-3 years for wind instruments, and annually for voice and piano.

Because of limited space in our audition schedule, musicians are invited to audition on the basis of a preliminary recording.

Our 2018 season will take place from June 24 to August 12 on the campus of Marlboro College in Vermont, and we hope to be able to announce our complete audition schedule by mid-September/early October 2017. In the meantime, please see below for more information for each instrument category. You may also contact admissions director Jennifer Loux (jloux@marlboromusic.org; 215-569-4690) at any time and mention your instrument or voice type. We look forward to hearing from you!


Piano auditions will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Rose Studio, 10th Floor of the Rose Building (165 W. 65th Street, New York, New York). Pianists are invited to audition for our committee on the basis of preliminary recordings.

To apply, please submit an application form and recordings (see guidelines below) to Jennifer Loux at jloux@marlboromusic.org.

Your recordings (MP3/similar files or YouTube/similar links accepted) should include at least:

  • One work by Haydn or Mozart
  • One work by Beethoven, Schubert, or Schumann

All materials from pianists should be received by Friday, November 10, 2017. Auditions will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis, so pianists are encouraged to apply early. While electronic submissions are preferred, you may also send a printed copy and CD to:

Marlboro Music Admissions
1528 Walnut Street, Suite 301
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Auditions for double bass are currently being planned. Please check back in mid-September for more information, or contact Jennifer Loux at jloux@marlboromusic.org for more information.

Auditions for viola and cello will be held at the Rose Studio, 10th Floor of the Rose Building (165 W. 65th Street, New York, New York), on the following dates:

Viola January 4 and 5, 2018
Cello Janaury 5 and 6, 2018

Applicants are scheduled for audition on the basis of a preliminary recording. Please submit an application form, as well as at least two recordings of your playing in contrasting styles. Our panel asks that you send solo works from the accompanied or unaccompanied repertoire (concertos, sonatas, suites, etc) rather than chamber music for this preliminary round.

Materials should be received no later than Friday, November 10, 2017 and should be submitted electronically to jloux@marlboromusic.org (or via Dropbox or another sharing site) if possible. While electronic submissions are preferred, you may send hard copies via mail instead to Marlboro Music Admissions/1528 Walnut Street, Suite 301/Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Each string applicant will be notified of the result of their recording submission by December 11, 2017.


Vocal auditions will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the Rose Studio, 10th floor of the Rose Building (165 W. 65th Street, New York, NY). Applications are currently being accepted for mezzo-sopranotenor, and bass/baritone.

Auditions will be scheduled on the basis of preliminary recordings, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please send at least two audio or video recordings of your singing (art song preferred) to jloux@marlboromusic.org, along with an application form.

Please contact Jennifer Loux at jloux@marlboromusic.org with any questions.


Auditions are being planned for clarinet and flute. More information will be announced as soon as possible. In the meantime please contact Jennifer Loux at jloux@marlboromusic.org for the most up-to-date news.

If you have questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Loux (jloux@marlboromusic.org; 215-569-4690).

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