Clarinet - Flute - Orchestral Strings - Piano 

The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival session in Valdeblore, now in its 8th season, is designed as a two-week intensive course where young professionals and highly advanced students can immerse themselves in their practicing without distraction, surrounded by the untold beauty of the French Alps.  In addition to private instruction, the session offers chamber music and multiple performance opportunities throughout the Côte d'Azur.

 

Private Instruction:

 

Each instrumental student will have four, one-hour, individual lessons with the professor of their choice.  

 

*For Cello Students - we are pleased to provide complimentary instrument rentals for an internationally recognized string shop in Nice.

Chamber Music Coaching:

 

Students will be assigned to at least one chamber music ensemble, which will meet and rehearse daily.  Each ensemble, will receive four, one-hour coachings from the Zodiac Trio and the attending faculty.  

Performance:

 

Each student is guaranteed to give at least one solo performance, and to participate in a chamber music performance. The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival is engaged by various venues on the Côte D'Azur, which provide students with opportunities to perform throughout the region. All performances are video and audio recorded, and are made available to the students at the end of the session, free of charge.

Specialized Classes  

Clinics and Seminars:

 

In addition to clinics and studio labs organized by the attending faculty, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival will present educational clinics, open to all students. Some previous topics have included:

 

"Finding Your Place in the Music Industry: Entrepreneurship and beyond..." 

 

"The Art of Practicing"

 

"The Arts of the Orchestra Audition" 

 

"Beyond sight-reading" 

Excursions:

 

In addition to outside concerts presenting the Festival's students and faculty, the Festival will organize an excursion to the Cap of Nice, allowing for the exploration of Old Nice, Nice Castle, Promenade des Anglais, and of course, the beach! 

There will also be a free day to allow students to enjoy the fantastic surroundings of the region, including hiking, mountain tobogganing and zip lining through the mountains, amongst other activities!

It still remains one of the best decisions I ever made to come to Zodiac last summer, and I can't even begin to thank each of you enough for everything you do to make the festival such an inspiring, encouraging, supportive, and fun place for all of us. It's an experience that continues to have an impact on me throughout the year, and I'm incredibly grateful to know you all. 

Natasha Loomis, flute

Rutgers University, DMA

The people make the place, and this place is breathtaking to begin with. Thank you to everyone who helped to fill these two weeks with beauty, support, love, laughter, inspiration, and spectacular music

Katharine Burns, cello

Lamont School of Music, University of Denver 

'MM 2016

 
Selected Performances

Working with living composers, commissioning new works and performing contemporary music is an integral part of a successful musical career.  The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival selects five young composers each year to participate in its composition program. This composition course will not only provide private instruction, composition seminars and performance opportunities, but more importantly allow both composers and instrumentalists to collaborate on their own terms, explore, and influence the direction of music together.

 

The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival composition course is lead by award-winning composer Andrew List – a long-time collaborator of the Zodiac Trio.

 

Each composer will be paired with an assigned chamber ensemble from the festival roster and commissioned to write an eight-minute work, which will be premiered at one of the festival’s public concerts. Ample rehearsal time will be given for each composer’s work. It is our goal that these composer/performer collaborations will create lasting friendships that will continue beyond the festival.

 

All participants will meet for a daily composition seminar, where a variety of pertinent topics important to composers and seminal musical works will be discussed. In addition, each composer will receive three one-hour private lessons with Mr. List and have daily access to a working studio and piano.

 

Additionally, all composition students are welcome to participate in all the seminars and clinics offered by the Festival during the session, and are invited to join chamber ensembles (instrumental proficiency permitting), to allow for a larger scope of musical experience.

 

Chamber Music Ensemble Collaboration

Each composer will collaborate with a chamber music ensemble (or students musician), as they work together to prepare the commissioned work for performance.

Daily Composition Seminars

Composition students will meet with Mr. List every morning as a group to discuss a myriad of topics and review works in progress as a group

Three One-Hour Lessons

Each student will receive private instruction in the form of three one-hour lessons

Performance of Commissioned Work

Participating composers will be commissioned to write an 8-minute work, which will be performed at the end of the Festival.

Composer/Performance Seminars with the Zodiac Trio and Attending Faculty

Throughout its career, the Zodiac Trio has commissioned over a dozen works, working with composers such as Andrew List and Richard Danielpour, have instigated numerous call for score projects, and have had over 100 works written for them in all. As part of the educational aspect of the Zodiac Trio’s career, the ensemble often works with student composers at various Universities across the United States, presenting clinics and seminars on the Performer-Composer relationship. In this seminar, the Zodiac Trio will discuss these collaborations in detail with the participating composers, in an informal and personal setting.

 

Additionally, the composer seminar will be visited regularly by attending faculty to discuss their instruments and their experiences working with composers.

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Come be inspired by the incredible beauty of the region and the musicianship of your peers...
Watch the video below from composer Michael Grebla (2018) about his Zodiac Festival experience...
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I just wanted to let you know again what an incredible experience I had at the festival. I feel like I gained so much perspective about what it means to be a musician and I met so many amazing people.

Kevin Kim, composer

The Juilliard School

'BM 2017

Selected Premieres

The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival welcomes applications from serious pre-formed ensembles that wish to spend two weeks of intense, concentrated study under the auspice of the Zodiac Trio, as well as other faculty members. Accepted pre-formed ensembles serve as ensemble-in-residence and benefit from daily chamber music coachings, reserved rehearsal time, multiple performance opportunities, opportunities for photo sessions, video recording, audio recording and career counseling. 

ELIGIBILITY:

The program is open to Duos, Trios, Quartets and Quintets of any combination of instruments. While there is no specification on the length of the ensembles history, we do require media samples of the group performing. In general, the program is designed for ensembles that are dedicated to pursuing a performing career. 

PROGRAM:

Upon acceptance, the ensemble will discuss its goals with Artistic Director, in order to provide a program tailored to the group's needs. Generally, each ensemble benefits from:

  1. A minimum of 3 (three) hours scheduled rehearsal time

  2. Daily one-hour coaching with members of the Zodiac Trio and other faculty

  3. A minimum of 3 (three) performances by the resident ensemble at public performance during the Festival. All performances professionally recorded for future use

  4. Private scheduled lunch with the Zodiac Trio to discuss career growth and development

  5. Participation in all other Academy & Festival activities

  6. *Private instruction in the form of 4 (four) one-hour lessons (Optional for violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute and piano)

FEES:

The all-inclusive fee that covers tuition, lodging and board (3 meals/day) is $ 2,000 USD per person.  *Participants wanting to take private lessons may choose to do so for an additional fee of $550 USD. 

 
STRINGS
Francis Kefford, viola
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
 
Ariel Barnes, cello
Nürnberger Symphoniker
Principal Solo Cello
WINDS
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PIANO
COMPOSITION
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CHAMBER MUSIC
New Music
Kris Chapman
New Music Conductor &
Program Director
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Accommodations:

The students will be provided dormitory-style lodging, in a new, state-of-the-art lycée, equipped with a basketball court, a soccer court and other facilities, while still being in the heart of a medieval village. Each room offer an en-suite shower and bathroom.  The building faces the mountains, offering stunning views.

Meals

Three meals are provided daily. The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival works with a local restaurant that will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving local French specialties. (Vegeterian options available).

Facilities

Ample practice rooms will be available for individual practice throughout the day.

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VALDEBLORE

 

To say that the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival's headquarters is Valdeblore is slightly misleading.  In fact, Valdeblore is a collection of mountain villages, and the Festival makes its home in a charming little village called La Bolline.

 

Watch the video to the right to get a glimpse of the historic mountain village. Nestled high in the French alps, yet still part of the legendary Côte d'Azur region of the South of France, it provides the perfect setting for inspiration and personal growth as an artist.

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LA BOLINE

 

La Bolline is a typical medieval French town nestled deep in the French Alps.  Possessing all the charm that one can expect from a sleepy historic mountain village, it boasts a church built over a millennia ago, and is adorned with centuries-old architecture, narrow cobblestone streets and water fountains.  Surrounded by picturesque mountains, the town has a stream running through it, and offers what seems to be an infinite number of places to reflect and enjoy the surrounding beauty.

 

La Bolline also offers a variety of recreational activities including an outdoor swimming pool, hiking trails featuring untold beauty, and of course the town itself.  For the more adventurous, there is horseback riding, mountain climbing and even a zip line through the mountains.

To be considered for the festival, each applicant is required to submit an application (below), an audio sample demonstrating their ability, and a non-refundable $50 application fee ($35 for Early Bird applications)

 

Early Bird Application Deadline - March 1, 2020 (notification by March 7th)

Final Application Deadline - April 1, 2020 (notification by April 7th)

These should be submitted electronically using the online application (link below).

Audition Requirement

Each applicant must submit an audio sample in order to be considered for acceptance. 

 

The sample must consist of at least two separate works of any style,  showcasing the applicant's technical ability and musical expression, and must not exceed 30 minutes.  You must submit these electronically via our online application below.

Composition students

Composition Students ONLY: Prospective students should submit a minimum of two PDF scores of works of their choosing via the online application, along with links to a recording (this could be audio or video. MIDI is acceptable).

Age Eligibility

17-35

Health Insurance

Accepted applicants must submit proof of health insurance, signifying coverage while in France (to be submitted after receiving acceptance confirmation.

Tuition & Fees

The all-inclusive fee is $2,550 USD, which includes:

 

  • Tuition 

  • Dorm-style accommodations

  • Board (three meals per day)

  • Transportation from and to the Nice International Airport

  • Excursion to Nice

  • All Festival activities (seminars, masterclasses, etc.)

Financial Aid

Some limited amount of financial aid is available.  Please note the following:

  • Scholarships carry mandatory work-study.  Students receiving financial aid will fill such positions as audio/video recording, social media management, concert management, reception managers, page-turning, etc.

If you are interested in work study, please indicate so on your application.  In order to be considered for financial aid (which carries mandatory work study), an applicant must submit a letter detailing the circumstances on which your demand is made, and any experience you may have with the positions listed above.  

Payment Schedule

Application Fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee must accompany your application ($35 for Early Bird applications, submitted on or before March 1st, 2020). 

 

Tuition Deposit: 50% of the tuition is due within two-weeks of acceptance, in order to confirm your participation. Balance of Tuition must be received no later than June 1st, 2019. Tuition Fees will not be refunded after June 1st, 2019. 

Other Information

  • Fees will not be refunded after June 1st, 2020

 

  • The Zodiac Music Academy & Festival reserves the right to re-assign students to another professor, should the professor of their choice become unavailable.

 

  • Although the Academy & Festival will strive to provide supervision of its students to the best of its ability, it is not responsible for the supervision of minors. 

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