Join us for our 10th season of exceptional and inspiring chamber music in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains!
The Manitou Chamber Music Festival & String Quartet Program is a one-of-a-kind two week mentoring program for string chamber music. It is uniquely tailored to equip young chamber musicians to be competitive on a national level. At our two week musical retreat, you will prepare and perform one complete string quartet and one complete string quintet or piano quintet, have two daily coachings and rehearsal with world-class faculty, study your repertoire from a historical/theoretical perspective, attend classes and concerts, and perform for enthusiastic audiences. Although the Manitou Chamber Music Festival is geared toward established groups, experienced individual chamber musicians are encouraged to apply as we will consider exceptional individuals on a limited basis. 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.
Nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs is a quaint small town that comes alive in the summer. Charming shops and buildings dating from the heyday of silver mining line the twisting streets. The main concert venue, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, is a historic stone church dating from 1870. Classes and coachings take place at the Manitou Art Center.
Food and Lodging
Out-of-area students will stay with host families in private homes. Local students will commute.
All concert-day dinners will be provided in a communal setting.
Music to be studied will be chosen by the artistic director in consultation with the groups prior to arrival at the festival.
Individual parts must be prepared in advance.
Performances are in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs, with more details available on the ticketing site.
Performances will be listed on the MCMF website as the festival approaches.
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 (non-refundable): $120 per quartet; $30 per individual
Tuition: $750 per person includes:
Daily coaching sessions
Concert production for student groups
Tickets to faculty concerts
Room and board
Dinner is provided every day; students should bring a sack lunch
Students from out of town will be housed with host families
Transportation to and from the airport will be provided at no additional cost for those who need it
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.
For more information on ticketing or applying for the Festival, please go to manitouchambermusicfestival.com.