Information & Applications

August 11-24, 2017

A collaborative artist retreat on the shores of beautiful Lake George

Set in the summer resort community of Lake George, New York and surrounded by the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains and the shoreline of beautiful Lake George itself – the Lake George Music Festival (LGMF) is a collaborative artist retreat for emerging young professionals and celebrated artists, held annually at the end of each summer in late August.

Musicians attend solely as a way to advance intellectually, artistically, and professionally; working closely together in a tight-knit community and nurturing atmosphere performing daily open rehearsals, live public concerts, and outreach events in the picturesque summer resort town of Lake George. The repertoire performed at the festival is selected from requests submitted by participating musicians. Each participant can be assured to have an active and rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule.

As a performance and community based festival, LGMF bridges the gap between faculty and students. There are no teachers or students, private lessons, master classes or organized studios. Rather, a unique roster of distinguished artists and young musicians at the cusp of their professional careers collaborate together in chamber music ensembles, a full orchestral setting, and innovative outreach programs and cutting-edge concerts. Informal social gatherings from boat cruises to hiking trips where participants bond with colleagues of past and present are a major aspect of the atmosphere. All participants are expected to be an integral part of our artist retreat community; assisting with meals and other community functions. Generally there are 60-70 musicians in residence, typically between ages 18-35.

Participants are provided lodging with a local host family or in a local hotel. Due to limited space, overnight guests in provided lodging are not allowed (with the exception of spouses and partners with advance permission). Lunch is provided each weekday and all participants receive an honorarium of $250 to offset travel costs. Additional funds are available for those flying with large instruments. LGMF participants are not paid to perform. Participants should attend for the purpose of artistic development and high level collaboration within our artist retreat community. The Festival also offers boat cruises, massage therapy, and yoga classes. LGMF is a not-for-profit organization sustained by annual grants and private contributions.


Musicians are invited to Lake George on the basis of an audition. Enrollment is limited to the number of musicians needed for a symphony orchestra, plus several additional pianists and vocalists. Auditions are judged solely on the basis of artistic merit.

Update 2/7/17: We are now accepting applications for violin, viola, cello, and bass on a rolling admission basis. All other areas are now closed.

Live auditions for 2017 will be as follows:

Saturday, January 21st
American Federation of Musicians, Local 47
817 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90038

Sunday, January 29th
Manhattan School of Music
Mikowsky Recital Hall
120 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027

To register for a live audition, please email your Curriculum Vitae/Resume to and pay the $10 application fee via the link below. A return email will be sent with your assigned audition time.

Prospective candidates residing within 150 miles of audition venues are strongly encouraged to participate in these auditions. Those residing outside a 150 mile radius from the audition venue, or those unable to make it to the live audition, may submit a video audition.

If auditioning by video, please submit your video along with your Curriculum Vitae/Resume to and pay the $10 application fee via the link below.

All candidates must submit a Letter of Nomination from a nationally or internationally recognized musician. Letters must arrive under separate cover and should be sent directly to by the deadline.

The deadline to register for a live audition or submit a recorded audition is Thursday, January 19th at 5pm EST.


Please Click HERE >> to view Audition Repertoire Guidelines by instrument area.

Live Auditions will last approximately 10-15 minutes. Candidates should prepare the specific repertoire noted in the above link. Piano accompanists are required and not provided. Be sure to offer selections of contrasting character. If you choose to present a chamber piece, be prepared to play the work (your part only) by yourself.

Recorded Video Auditions must be unedited and recorded within the past 6 months. The recorded repertoire must strictly follow the repertoire guidelines noted in the above link. Unaccompanied recordings will not be accepted unless the piece was written to be unaccompanied. Video recordings must be submitted as an unlisted YouTube video link. Please make sure all links are view-able without a password. Other file sharing means such as Dropbox, We-Transfer, Google Drive, etc. will not be accepted.

(note: percussionists must submit a video. Live auditions will not be scheduled for percussionists).

-Applications that do not strictly follow these procedures will not be reviewed.
-Candidates will be notified of decisions by February 15th. The admission process will continue on a rolling basis thereafter to fill remaining vacancies if necessary.
-Due to limited space in our schedule, applicants are not permitted to apply more than twice (in different years).
-Past Participants are exempt from the application fee and letter of nomination.

Questions? Please contact Alexander Lombard at or call 518.791.5089.

Application fee ($10) is non-refundable and can be submitted by following the link below. Secure payments are made via PayPal. PayPal accounts are not required.