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chamber music


Join us for a 2-week mentoring program for string chamber music!
  • World Class Faculty

  • Prepare & perform 2 complete works

  • Two Daily Coachings

  • Daily Rehearsals

  • Master Classes & Performance Opportunities

  • Recreation time

Chamber music program

The Manitou Chamber Music Festival is an immersive program designed to exponentially increase students' mysical understand and performing experience. Each group studies two complete multi-movement chamber works and performs both pieces on the final student concert, as well as a chamber orchestra piece with all festival musicians and faculty. At our festival, we believe that students playing side-by-side with professionals is the fastest way to excellence. The number of faculty:student contact hours are unmatched by any other program.

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Candice Hall, Esq.


Candice Hall, Esq.


Candice Hall, Esq.


program details

Although the Manitou Chamber Music Festival is geared toward established groups, experienced individual chamber musicians ages 14-22 are also encouraged to apply. Because the high quality of our program requires a substantial amount of direct interaction with our faculty, we accept only a small number of applicants. We encourage you to apply early for your best chance of admission.


Applications for summer 2024 are now closed.


Concerts, rehearsals and events for MCMF 2024 will take place at the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Chapel of Our Saviour, and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Manitou Springs.

Who May Apply

Applications will be accepted from both groups and individuals ages 14-22, with preference given to pre-formed groups.


All lunches will be provided in a communal setting. Some concert day dinners will be provided.


In order to attract the highest level of talent, all participant fees are subsidized to keep them below the actual costs of running our program.

Application fee: $120 per quartet; $30 per individual (non-refundable, not included in tuition cost)

Tuition: $800 per person. Includes:

  • Daily coaching sessions

  • Rehearsal space

  • Classes

  • Concert production for student groups

  • Repertoire consultation

  • Tickets to faculty concerts

  • Provided daily lunch

Additional Expenses

Students will need to provide their own sheet music and scores (the edition will be specified).

Spending money for incidentals

Private lessons may be arranged with individual faculty members for an additional fee.

Applications now closed for 2024.

Audition Requirements

1. Complete the application form above (will open in a new window).
2. Application will need to include a YouTube link to one or more videos containing the following repertoire:

    • PRE-FORMED GROUPS: any movement from a quartet of your choice.

    • INDIVIDUALS: one solo Bach movement and the exposition from a major concerto for your instrument, preferably with piano accompaniment.

3. Application fee can be submitted online.

4. Application Deadline: March 15th, 2024 - EXTENDED to March 29th, 2024!!

5. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by April 15, 2024. Group placements will be made and communicated by May 8, 2024.

EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1st, 2024. Early applicants will be considered for the Director's Scholarship.

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