Blackburn Music Academy

Admissions & Additional Information July 13-29, 2018

Join 80 of top emerging professional musicians from around the world in an immersive musical festival in the Napa Valley!

"Great repertoire playing alongside musicians we idolized in one of the most stunning locations in the country.  We grew exponentially from playing in the Festival Napa Valley Orchestra!"

– Cristina Cutts Dougherty, Colburn School, ’17 Academy Fellow

Blackburn Music Academy is a tuition-free summer music program from July 13-292018, for instrumentalists age 18-34.  Each academy musician performs chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout the Napa Valley alongside internationally renowned musicians. Housing with host families is provided for all musicians and some but not all meals are provided. Transportation to, from, and during the festival is not provided though modest transportation stipends can be secured. 


Requirements and Deadlines

The Application Deadline for strings, piano and brass only has been extended to March 18, 2018.

To apply to the 2018 Blackburn Music Academy, please submit the following materials by midnight on March 18, 2018:

  • Application form
  • Application fee  – information below
  • Audition recording – solo of choice and excerpts

Audition Repertoire

All applicants will be notified by the end of March, whether they are invited to the festival. Notifications will be sent out via email. Acceptance and required registration fees (see below) must be submitted within two weeks to reserve one's place at the Academy for the 2018 season.

March 18, 2018 String, Piano, Brass Final Application Deadline ~ Application fee $70 (non-refundable)
End of March All applicants notified
July 13, 2018 Arrival date for all musicians
July 14-29, 2018 Blackburn Music Academy dates
July 29, 2018* Departure date for all musicians
Applications are due at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.

* Potential activities on July 29, participants are advised to leave late in the day on the departure day. Housing will not be provided for the evening of July 29th.



Fall early-bird application fee $50
Spring final application fee $70
Registration fee $355*
Tuition $0
Housing $0
* ($60 refundable upon arrival on July 13th)


Transportation to, during, and from the festival is not provided. There are modest transportation stipends available for those who provide their own car and for those that help with carpooling.