Five outstanding cellists, violists, and violinists will be selected to study and perform Beethoven's complete string trios.  Young artists will receive multiple private lessons per week, daily group coaching sessions, lectures, and workshops.  The institute's final performance will be presented as part of Festival Baltimore's prestigious Concert Series in the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall.

The committee will invite no more than 15 pianists for two weeks of intensive study and performance practice at Festival Baltimore's Franz Liszt Institute.  Pianists will receive three weekly lessons, participation in at least one masterclass, daily lectures, workshops, and department-wide forum performance opportunities.

As many as eight pianists will be selected for a featured performance within Festival Baltimore's prestigious concert series.  

This year, four composers will be invited for a prestigious 'apprenticeship' under award-winning composer and performer, Matthew Evan Taylor. Selected composers will be asked to begin working on a new large-scale composition featuring a classical form.

Beyond the opportunity to glean invaluable information and insight from Matthew Evan Taylor, the academy will facilitate collaboration with instrumentalists, recorded reading sessions, improvisation and listening courses, and much more.  Following the culminating reading session, two compositions will chosen for performance at Festival Baltimore's 2020 concert series.



The Beethoven String Institute: $2500

The Franz List Institute: $2500

The Composers Institute: $1800


Merit-based scholarships

Need-based scholarships

'Small-job' tuition subsidies

Work-study tuition subsidies


A family-type atmosphere,
Festival Baltimore's Academy equips young
artists with the knowledge and skill-sets 
necessary for a successful career in
instrumental performance or composition.



Deep musical knowledge through the practical study of a particular cycle of works (e.g., Beethoven String Trios), history lectures, and analytical listening classes.


Practical help towards the application of musical knowledge--in composition, chamber music, and/or solo settings--through private lessons, workshops, coaching sessions, and masterclasses.


Guidance on the improvement of performance-specific skills (i.e., managing performance-related anxiety, improving stage presence, etc..) through a number of performance opportunities and careful analysis of their video footage


A direction towards career growth through the academy's natural 'networking atmosphere' and specific career-centered workshops and faculty-artist panel discussions.​



Festival Baltimore Academy Participants will be housed in UMBC's apartment-style suites comprised of four single dorm-type bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and small living area (click for layout image).  Four participants will be assigned per suite.  It is our greatest intention to fulfill any suite-mate requests made upon admittance to the program.


The academy tuition will cover three meals per day.  All dormitory kitchens will be stocked with continental breakfast items.  Additionally, participants can expect to enjoy both home-cooked and catered lunches and dinners.  In order to ensure satisfaction, artists who have been admitted to the academy will be asked to fill out a dietary form detailing any allergies and/or preferences.


The Festival Baltimore Academy is designed to engender organic social interaction through its inclusion of family-style meals and on-campus housing.  In addition, the academy will facilitate an optional excursion to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and various smaller social events on (or-near) campus.

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