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Chamber Festival Intensive

The Idyllwild Arts Chamber Festival Intensive provides a unique opportunity to develop and refine the skills needed to excel both as a chamber musician and in an orchestral setting.

Students will spend their days rehearsing masterpieces from the chamber repertoire under the instruction of renowned chamber music specialists, participating in masterclasses, and pushing their musical limits – all in the breathtaking mountain setting of Idyllwild. Rather than treating chamber and orchestral music as unrelated art forms, Chamber Festival recognizes the importance of developing a complete skillset, and giving the festival participants the tools they need to excel as 21st century artists. The schedule is designed to foster an experimental, collaborative environment for the students, with a mix of chamber coachings, rehearsals, masterclasses, and individual instruction. 2022 Summer Program faculty teach at leading conservatories such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, The Colburn School, USC and comparable institutions around the globe. They can be heard performing in world renowned ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony.

The 2022 orchestra program features Hector Berlioz’s revolutionary Symphonie Fantastique, Aaron Copland’s El Salon Mexico, selections from Cecilé Chaminade’s Callirhoe Suite, and Richard Strauss’ stately Fanfare for the Vienna Philharmonic. Past orchestra programs have included Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Richard Strauss’s Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, and other symphonic masterworks.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. The priority audition deadline is February 15, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. Please submit your application and audition as soon as possible to secure your chance to be a part of this transformative and inspirational summer music experience. Secondary audition deadline is April 15 to fill any remaining open seats.

For the 2022 Summer Program Season we will be asking all applicants to submit an audition. This includes returning students from 2021 who attended Jazz in the Pines Student Clinic, Chamber Music Festival, and Songwriting. The audition helps our faculty and staff plan and prepare for chamber group assignments, class schedules, private lesson schedules and much more for the program. Information on how to submit audition materials will be posted in November.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. After being successfully accepted into the program, students will then submit a recorded video audition for chair or ensemble placement at a later date closer to the start of the festival.

Priority Audition Deadline: February 15, 2022

Secondary Audition Deadline: April 15, 2022

Chamber Festival is aimed at ambitious and aspirational musicians who are considering careers in music, and as such, admission is selective. The priority audition deadline is February 15th, but applicants are encouraged to register and audition as early as possible. Please submit your application and audition as soon as possible to secure your seat.

Audition Details


  • One 3 octave scale (2 octaves for basses)
  • One arpeggio (your choice of key)
  • One or more pieces demonstrating technical accomplishment (something fast) and interpretive ability (something slow and legato)

Winds And Brass: 

  • Two 2 octave scales with corresponding arpeggios (one prestissimo staccatissimo and the other largo legatissimo)
  • One or more pieces demonstrating technical level (something fast) and interpretive ability (something slow)


  • Two pieces of contrasting styles, either solo or as part of an ensemble performance


Snare Drum:

  • One etude from Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters or comparable concert etude. Suggested: Etude #1


  • 3 Major scales of your choice, 2 octaves
  • Chromatic scale, 2 octaves beginning on C
  • One two-mallet solo/etude from Modern School of Xylophone by Morris Goldenberg, Fundamental Method for Mallets by Mitchell Peters, or comparable etude. Suggested: Goldenberg Etude #5
  • Optional: One intermediate to advanced level four-mallet solo/etude


One etude from Fundamental Method for Timpani by Mitchell Peters or comparable etude. Suggested: Etude #51

Audition Instructions: 

  1. Complete an online Camper application. Make sure to submit the application.  
  2. Once you have completed the Camper Application, your application will be reviewed within 5 days by a member of the Enrollment team. At this time, you will be charged the $50 application fee and receive an email with a link to the Submittable audition application for you to submit your audition. 
  3. Complete the Submittable application and provide an email address for your teacher recommendation form within Submittable. 

New this year, we are using the platform Submittable to receive all auditions for the 2022 Summer Program (a universal  platform utilized for exhibitions, contests and even university and job applications).  It is very easy to use. You will be prompted to setup a free Submittable account with your email.  This account can be used for any future open calls you apply to at Idyllwild Arts and beyond!

Acceptance for most auditioned intensives will be made on a rolling basis, so it’s a good idea to get auditions in early. 

Honor Music Group Verification Instructions:

  1. Log on to your CampInTouch account (parent’s account*).
  2. Click on the yellow pencil icon to go to the Forms & Documents page. 
  3. You will then need to complete the following forms:
  • Honor Music Group Verification Form** (if applicable):
    Upload a document in PDF format verifying your membership in an All-State or Honor ensemble using the Upload Honor Music Group Verification by clicking in the arrow on the right-hand side of the form.

See Audition Requirements above for intensive-specific audition video/audio requirements and details.

*Forms & Documents are only available on the parent’s CampInTouch account, not the camper’s account.

** Detailed instructions for uploading PDF documents are available on your CampInTouch account.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to help! Contact the Summer Registration Office by email at or by phone at (951) 468-7265.

  • Metronome
  • Instrument for selected program
  • Blank music staff paper
  • Pencil
  • (Hardcopies of music will be provided when you arrive)

Concert dress code is a white top and black bottom with black shoes/socks. Students can mix and match from this list as desired:

  • White button-down shirt, white blouse, or all white formal shirt (no sleeveless tops)
  • Black pants, or black skirt (below the knees)
  • Black dress shoes and socks
  • No ties, bowties, or suit jackets

Find the full schedule and materials list here.


2022 repertoire* includes:

  • Richard Strauss: Fanfare for the Vienna Philharmonic
  • Aaron Copland: El Salon Mexico
  • Cécile Chaminade Prelude and Pas des Echarpes from Callirhoe Suite Op. 37
  • Hector Berlioz: A Ball, March to the Scaffold, and Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14 

*repertoire subject to changes

Gregory Robbins

American conductor Gregory Robbins enjoys a diverse career as a performer, educator, bassist, and arts advocate. He has held positions as Associate Conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony (2014-16), Music Director of the Delphi Chamber Orchestra (2011-2018), and Director of the Young Artists Philharmonic (2013-2019), a regional Youth Orchestra based in Greenwich, CT. A strong advocate for music education, Robbins has extensive experience working with a variety of Youth, Secondary, and Collegiate ensembles. He has made conducting debuts at Yale School of Music, NYU, and lectured at Mannes College: The New School for Music. 

Robbins is active in the worlds of Jazz and Popular Music, recently conducting the debut album of the Assembly of Shadows Jazz Orchestra, and premiering Miho Hazama’s “Jazz Mass” at St. Peter’s church in New York City. In 2018, he led a performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music featuring John Cale (formerly of Velvet Underground) and the Wordless Music Orchestra which gained wide acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker. In 2018 he also led the Video Game Orchestra in a sold out concert at Anime Boston. In the world of film and tv, he was the “conducting coach” for Gael Garcia Bernal, star of Amazon’s hit Mozart in the Jungle series.

As a chamber musician, Robbins has performed with such luminaries as David Frankl, Clive Greensmith, and Ani Kavafian, among others. He has also collaborated with members of the Tokyo, Attacca, and Linden string quartets for concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He received his formal training at Yale School of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and currently resides in Palm Springs, California.

The full list of faculty will be available in early January 2022.

There is an Honor Music discount for students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups. Music students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic discount of $1,200 through February 25, 2021. After February 25, 2022, the discount will lower to $1,000 through April 15, 2022. 

No Honor Awards are available after April 15. Additional financial aid based on financial need is available.

Steps to Enrollment Process for Honor Discount:

  • Fill out the online application using the Register Now button on our website. 
  • In the application, we ask if your child is in an honor group or band. 
    • Please fill in the Honor band questions when prompted in the application. 
  • You will not see the deduction for the Honor Music discount when you get to the payment page  – as this is a discount, it must be manually applied by a member of the registration team. 
    • If you intend to pay in full, please select the pay in full button when you complete the application. 
  • When you submit your application, your card will not be charged immediately, as music students’ applications need to be reviewed for:
    • Instrument availability
    • Audition requirements (if applicable for the program)
    • Honor Music Group verification – we ask that you provide verification that your child is part of the Honor group you listed in the application. 
  • Once we receive the application, we will review it within a week and:
    • Send you email instructions for verifying Honor group participation
    • Send you email instructions for completing the audition (If applicable)
  • We will then enroll your child and apply the Honor discount at this time.
Instrument Target # Availability
Bass 4 Open
Bassoon 3 Open
Cello 8 Open
Clarinet 3 Open
Flute 3 Open
Horn 5 Open
Oboe 3 Open
Percussion 4 Open
Piano 2 Open
Harp 2 Open
Trombone 4 Open
Trumpet 4 Open
Tuba 2 Open
Viola 8 Open
Violin 18 Open

The instrument breakdown listed above is a projection of the intended enrollment for the program – actual final enrollment may vary slightly from this at the conductor’s discretion.

Age: 13-18

July 17-30, 2022
Two-week session

Performance information to be announced.

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

Enrollment limited to 74 students.
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students.

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Conductor: Gregory Robbins

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