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Ascent International Chamber Music Festival

Ascent International Chamber Music Festival

June 26-July 16, 2022

Cincinnati Young Artists is Now ASCENT MUSIC. 

We’ve expanded our artistry, our music, and our reach.

Ascent International Chamber Music Festival is an opportunity for outstanding string players and pianists age 14-30 to study solo and chamber music repertoire in an intensive setting. Ascent goes beyond the practice room to develop the musician as a whole. The festival takes place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. 


Chamber Music:

Program Details

Participants Receive:

  • 90 minutes of private lessons each week
  • Weekly technique and studio class with festival teacher
  • 4 hours of scheduled solo practice time each day
  • Two chamber coaching per week with festival faculty
  • Solo and Chamber Masterclasses
  • Solo performances
  • Outreach Performances
  • Orchestral Excerpt Training
  • Collaborative Pianists for lessons and performances

Enrichment Seminars:

  • Intonation Workshop by ViolinMind author Grigory Kalinovsky
  • Alexander Technique
  • Mindful Practicing
  • Audition Preparation
  • Career Development
  • Musician Health

Tuition and Housing:

On-campus Tuition: $3400 Includes room and board provided in air-conditioned single dorm on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

Off-campus Tuition: $2100 Includes daily lunch in the University of Cincinnati dining hall.

Ascent Music is committed to providing the opportunity for all admitted students to attend the festival, regardless of background or financial need. Awards are determined on the basis of need and merit. Admitted applicants will receive scholarship details shortly after their acceptance email. Resident Assistant positions are available, further information requested upon completion of application.

COVID-19 Protocols: We will be following the COVID protocols set in place for visitors at the time of the festival by the University of Cincinnati, for the latest info check here

Application and Audition:

Application for this program will open in mid-December using GetAcceptd.

Priority Application

  • Deadline: February 1st
  • Admissions decisions for priority applicants will be sent by March 1st
  • After February 1st, applications accepted on a rolling basis

Pre-formed ensembles are invited to apply and will receive priority in the admission process. All members must complete individual applications and list the other members of their ensemble in the application.