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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. 2021 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 2021 orchestra program features Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Johannes Brahms’ Tragic Overture, and the first movement of Mahler’s epic symphony no. 1, nicknamed “Titan.” Past orchestra programs have included Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Emmanuel Chabrier’s Espana and Richard Strauss’s Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. The priority audition deadline is February 25, 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 experience this transformative and inspirational summer music experience. Secondary audition deadline is April 15 to fill any remaining open seats.

A recorded audition is required for acceptance. After being successfully accepted into the program, students will then audition for chair or ensemble placement on the first day of the program.

Priority Audition Deadline: February 25, 2021

Secondary Audition Deadline: April 15, 2021

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 25th, 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 of 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

Returning Students

Students who participated in the Chamber Music Intensive, Symphony Orchestra Intensive, Chamber Festival Intensive, or Piano Performance Intensive are pre-qualified for any of those programs in the current year if they are playing the same instrument. These students are not required to audition again. Applications will remain in Applied status until staff can review and approve the enrollment.  

After you have completed your online application, find and complete the forms listed below on the Forms & Documents page of your CampInTouch account. Acceptance for most auditioned intensives will be made on a rolling basis, so it’s a good idea to get auditions in early. 

  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:
  • Music Audition Form:
    This form will ask you for links to your audition video/audio, a brief description of your music experience or your music résumé, and some additional details. You will electronically fill out and submit this form using the CampInTouch interface.
  • Teacher Recommendation Form:
    Complete Part I and give the form to your teacher to complete Part II.
    Your student’s teacher should either:
  1. Return the form to you, so your parents can upload it to CampInTouch in PDF format (Most preferred method)**
  2. Email this form to
  3. Mail the form to the Summer Registration Office at P.O. Box 38, Idyllwild, CA 92549-0038.
  • 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
  • Music
  • Blank music staff paper
  • Pencil

Chamber Festival Intensive Required Attire

The concert dress code is the same for everyone: please bring a white dress shirt or top, black pants/bottoms, and black shoes. If the shoes are dress shoes, then your socks must be black as well. No ties, suit jackets, or bowties are required.

Full schedule and materials list coming soon.

2021 repertoire includes:

  • Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Johannes Brahms: “Tragic” Overture, Op. 81
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 1 “The Titan”, mov. 1

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, Linden, and Attacca 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 Idyllwild.

The full list of faculty will be available in early January 2021.

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, 2021, the discount will lower to $1,000 through April 15, 2021. 

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 2 Sold out*
Bassoon 2 Limited space available
Cello 5 Limited space available
Clarinet 2 Sold out*
Flute 2 Limited space available
Horn 4 Limited space available
Oboe 2 Limited space available
Percussion 2 Open
Piano 4 Open
Trombone 3 Open
Trumpet 2 Sold out*
Tuba 1 Open
Viola 5 Sold out*
Violin 12 Sold out*

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.

*This instrument has sold out. To join the waitlist, please complete the Camper Application for all ages. Here is a guide to joining the waitlist. You will receive an automated email that your child is in Applied status after submitting the application. Once we have reviewed your application, we will follow up with an email confirming that you have been added to the waitlist.

Age: 13-18

July 3-17, 2021
Two-week session

Performance information to be announced.

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

Enrollment limited to 48 students.
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students.

Early enrollment is encouraged.

Gregory Robbins

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