Transforming Young Musicians

Summer study is an essential experience in musical development. In intensive, immersive environments, young musicians are surrounded by new experiences, teachers, and peers, which will hugely impact their futures.

Common Application for Summer Study

Equity Arc has partnered with some of the finest summer programs to develop the Common Application for Summer Study. In this revolutionary initiative, young musicians may apply to any partner programs for which they are eligible through one application and audition.

Each partner program has committed at least one full-tuition fellowship for a student applying through the Equity Arc Common Application, with additional financial support as resources allow.

Each partner has their own deadlines and serves different age ranges, as noted below. On the application form, each partner is listed as a separate program – once you fill out one application, your answers can be autofilled for any other program for which you are eligible.

Equity Arc covers the application fee for every eligible student. The application is hosted on Acceptd.

Register for the Virtual Summer Study Fair on November 6 & 7 >


To be eligible to use the Common Application, students must identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color). 

Our Partners

Each partner has their own deadlines and serves different age ranges, as noted below. You may apply to each program separately at their application deadlines. The answers you provide in your first application will autofill for each additional application. See Audition Requirements below for details.

PartnerLocationAgesApplication DeadlineAudition Requirements
Ascent International Chamber Music FestivalCincinnati, OH14-302/15/2024List 2
Boston University Tanglewood InstituteLenox, MA14-201/25/2024List 1 (Winds/Brass/Percussion) List 2 (Strings)
Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and FestivalNorth Carolina14-18 and 18-292/15/2024List 1 (college) List 2 (high school)
Green Mountain Chamber Music FestivalVermont14-302/1/2024List 2
Interlochen Arts CampMichigan8-181/15/2024List 2
Kinhaven Music SchoolVermont9-283/1/2024List 2
Luzerne Music CenterUpstate New York9-183/15/2024List 2
National Orchestral Institute + FestivalMaryland18-302/6/2024List 1
National Repertory OrchestraColorado18-291/26/2024List 1
National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music InstituteWashington, DC15-201/21/2024List 1
National Youth Orchestra of the United States of AmericaNew York City + International Tour16-1912/11/2023List 1
NYO2New York City + Miami14-1712/11/2023List 2
New England Conservatory Summer Orchestra InstituteBoston13-182/4/2024List 2
Sewanee Summer Music FestivalTennessee14-243/22/2024List 2
VIA AcademyVirtual + Miami14-182/29/2024List 2
Madeline Island Chamber MusicLa Pointe, WI14-242/15/2024List 2
Credo National FestivalChicago, IL18-262/15/2024List 1
Credo St. LouisSt. Louis, MO11-183/31/2024List 2
Credo BostonBoston, MA11-185/25/2024List 2
NEMC CoreSidney, ME11-18RollingList 2
NEMC PreludeSidney, ME9-13RollingList 2
NEMC Chamber Music IntensiveSidney, ME14-193/15/2024List 2
Greenwood Music Camp Senior CampCummington, MA13-1802/08/2024List 2
Greenwood Music Camp Junior CampCummington, MA10-1301/15/2024List 2

Audition Requirements

Based on the requirements of each program, there are two separate audition lists. You may use the same solo repertoire for each list and will be able to upload an additional selection in case any additional minutes are needed.

View our suggested excerpt list.

List 1

Audition requirements:

  • Two contrasting solo works of 3-7 minutes – please note one selection should be the exposition from a standard concerto.
  • Three orchestral excerpts from our suggested excerpt list.


  • Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Winds/Brass/Percussion)
  • Brevard Music Center College Division
  • Credo Music National Festival
  • National Orchestral Institute + Festival
  • National Repertory Orchestra
  • National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute
  • National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
  • NEC Summer Orchestra Institute
  • NYO2


List 2

Audition requirements:

  • Contrasting solo materials of 6-10 minutes.
  • If you are also applying to programs from List 1, please ensure that one of your selections is the exposition of a major concerto.


  • Ascent International Chamber Music Festival
  • Boston University Tanglewood Institute (Strings)
  • Brevard Music Center High School Division
  • Credo Music String Intensive and City Festivals (Boston and St. Louis)
  • Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival
  • Greenwood Music Camp
  • Kinhaven Music School
  • Luzerne Music Center
  • Madeline Island Chamber Music
  • New England Music Camp
  • Interlochen Arts Camp
  • Sewanee String Academy
  • Sewanee Summer Music Festival
  • VIA Academy