Young Artist Program
A central component of Scotia Festival of Music is its Young Artist Program, sponsored by Scotiabank, running from May 27 to June 9, 2019. 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, advanced music students and young professionals from across North America and abroad work intensively with our guest artists, receiving chamber music coaching, masterclasses, lectures, orchestral and chamber performance opportunities, including the possibility of playing in the closing gala performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 4.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
“Having the chance to perform with some of Canada's best musicians and conductor was a phenomenal learning experience.”
— Young Artist
2019 has space available for:
- 16 violins
- 8 violas
- 8 cellos
- 4 double basses
- 6 pianos
- 4 percussion
- 2 flutes
- 2 oboes
- 2 clarinets
- 2 bassoons
- 2 horns
- 2 singers
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)
Submissions should include audio recordings of two current, contrasting pieces (no videos). Audition recordings may be produced with high-quality home recording equipment in the following formats: mp3 (preferred), m4a, wav or aif. Piano accompaniment is always preferred but not mandatory. Please remember to label each track with your first and last name, composer, work and movement.
Dates and payment schedule
If you are accepted:
April 12: 50% tuition downpayment due ; 80% of this is refunded if you withdraw before April 30
May 17: Balance of tuition is due
“One of the most wonderful experiences of my life.”
— Young Artist
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. Click here for more information.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING
Halifax Stanfield International Airport is well served by variety of airlines, and offers direct flights from numerous Canadian cities, New York and Boston in the U.S., and London, Glasgow and Dublin in Europe.
Halifax Transit's bus and ferry system is very easy to use, and offers a route to and from the airport. Fares start at $2.50.
Halifax is a very walkable city, and the Dalhousie Arts Centre is very centrally located: it's doubtful that you'll need a car. If you do choose to drive, 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.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT HALIFAX
Located on Canada's east coast, right on the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax mixes historic small town charm with big city amenities. As the cultural and economic centre of Atlantic Canada, there's lots to see and do - during the day and at night. For general information about Halifax and how to get here, check out the following web sites:
“The coachings were excellent, and the opportunity to perform and take in performances of such quality was priceless.”
— Young Artist