Young Artist Program

Scotia Festival of Music is now accepting applications to its 2018 Young Artist Program running from May 27 to June 10, 2018. A Young Artist at Scotia Festival of Music is immersed in a two-week study of the art of music making.

Chosen by taped audition (2 contrasting current recordings), advanced music students and young professionals from across North America and abroad, work intensively with Guest Artists receiving chamber music coaching, masterclasses, lectures,  orchestral and chamber performance opportunities.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018

Please email if you have any questions.



2018 has space available for:

  • 20 violins
  • 10 violas
  • 10 cellos
  • 2 bass
  • 6 pianos

Please note, all alumni students re-applying MUST submit a current recording.


$600 CAD (does not include accommodation or meals)

$750 CAD (includes billeted accommodation with host family, does NOT include meals)


Audition recordings may be produced with high-quality home recording equipment in the following formats: mp3 (preferred), mp4, wav, aif or m4a.  Piano accompaniment is always preferred but not mandatory.  Please remember to label each track with your first and last name, composer, work and movement.


BILLETING - Billeting accommodations with a host family are available for an additional cost of $150. Meals are NOT included in your tuition fees. The host families provide accommodation only and are not expected to provide food or transportation. The billet homes are usually within walking distance of Dalhousie University, where the festival takes place. These billet homes are based on a first come first serve basis.

RESIDENCE - If you don’t want to be billeted, Dalhousie University residences are the way to go. Howe Hall is the closest, virtually across the street from the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Howe Hall is a residence style accommodation. For more information check out Dalhousie University’s website at


Halifax Transit bus system is very easy to use. Fares are $2.50

Parking can be difficult close to the university. Spaces are few and usually limited to two hours. Parking becomes easier if you’re willing to walk a few blocks. You may still face some time restrictions.


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