Chautauqua welcomes applications from all eligible musicians with no preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or age. Admission is by audition only (either live or recorded). Chautauqua is a TUITION FREE program, with 100% of our students receiving tuition scholarships. Many of our larger scholarships also cover room and board.

2021 Application Information Coming Soon

Be sure to indicate your preference as to audition site. Admission decisions and scholarship awards are made by March 15 for the Instrumental Program. Admission results will be emailed to the address on the student's application. No decision will be released until the applicant’s file is complete and the non-refundable application fee of $60 is paid.

Audition Instructions

Decide whether you will be auditioning live or with a recorded audition. We admit students equally from both, but if you do live near one of the cities we will be auditioning in it would be worth your while to do a live audition. Maestro Timothy Muffitt personally evaluates all of the live auditions and listens to each individual recorded audition.
Scholarships are awarded only to students enrolled for, and who will participate fully in, the entire program.

In 2019, the Chautauqua Institution awarded direct scholarship aid to 100% of the students in the Instrumental Program.

While we do offer TUITION FREE scholarships, it is helpful to fill out the financial aid form if you want to be considered for additional aid to cover room/board.
Applicants for full-term programs must be enrolled in or recently graduated from music studies at the time of application. Professional musicians are not eligible for admission or financial aid.

Recorded Auditions

String applicants: a movement from a standard concerto and two to three suggested orchestral excerpts.

Winds and brass: a solo piece and two to three suggested orchestral excerpts.

Percussion: entire list of repertoire included on the link below.

Please apply online at

Your recordings should be separate uploads (solo piece and then the excerpts). For the excerpts you may select what to include, we do not have any required portions although most applicants prepare the “standard” selections on each.

Suggested Excerpts

Auditioning Live

Apply at least 2 days before scheduled live audition to receive an audition time. You may select your audition city on the application from those listed below.

String applicants need to prepare: a movement from a standard concerto and two or three suggested orchestral excerpts.

Wind and brass need to prepare: solo piece and two or three suggested orchestral excerpts.

Application Deadline: Two days prior to the live audition

Please do not bring your application, financial aid form or recommendation with you, all materials must be submitted online two days prior to your live audition.

Suggested Excerpts


Live auditions by city

Thursday, January 30
6–11 p.m.
University of Michigan
School of Music,
Room 2044

Tuesday, December 10
1–4 p.m.
University of Cincinnati - CCM
Werner Recital Hall  

Saturday, February 8 
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cleveland Institute of Music
Room 206


Tuesday, February 4 
1:30–6:30 p.m.
Eastman School of Music
Miller Center – MC2

Monday, February 3
6:30–10 p.m. 
The Juilliard School 
Room TBD

Evanston, IL
Monday, December 9 
1–5 p.m. 
Northwestern University
Bienen School of Music
Regenstein 139

Wednesday, January 29
1–3 p.m.
Rice University
Shepherd School of Music, Room 1401