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Daily rehearsals take place at variety of venues in Lake George Village including churches, hotel conference rooms, as well as the local library, art gallery, and museum. Evening performances take place at our historic, lakeside venues: the Carriage House Theater and Lake George’s Shepard Park Amphitheater.

A delicious, pot-luck style lunch is served daily in Lake George’s centrally located St. James church, prepared by our team of community volunteers and host families. There are always snacks, fruit, and beverages available, and kitchen and practice facilities available for personal use. Our historic facility and community hall, all enhanced by the beautiful surroundings make a residency at Lake George a fulfilling and treasured opportunity.

Not only is Lake George a destination for classical music lovers, it is also a quintessential summer vacation town. With the most gorgeous lake and natural scenery as our backdrop, Lake George offers everything from hiking, parasailing, kayaking, and boat cruises to fine dining, quiet parks and beaches, and of course a plethora of touristy attractions like mini-golf courses, arcades, t-shirt shops, and ice cream parlors!

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The “side by side” approach of the Lake George Music Festival fellowship program pairs mentors and guest artists with a roster of talented young fellows. All participants attend as a way to advance intellectually, artistically, and professionally while working closely together in a tight-knit community and nurturing atmosphere.

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Instrumental applications will be accepted for violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, percussion, harp, and piano. The festival will also accept one conducting fellow.

Applications will remain open on a rolling admission basis until all instrumental sections are filled.

Applications for composers and conductors are now closed.

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    • Current CV or Resume

    • Audition video links

    • Recommendation letter

    • Application for financial support (optional)

    • Application fee of $25​


    Please Note: Applications that do not strictly follow these procedures will not be reviewed.

  • Video recordings must include two contrasting works and an orchestral excerpt (pianists excluded) of your choice. Percussionists please include one marimba solo and one other instrument. Submissions should contrast both in style and tempo. Recordings must be unedited and recorded within the past 6 months. If you choose to submit a piece originally written with piano accompaniment, your video should be recorded with a pianist. Piano reductions of concertos are acceptable. The conducting fellowship has specific application requirements. Please click here for more information

  • We offer residencies to fellows from all nationalities and backgrounds ages 18 and up. Generally, fellows who qualify for Lake George residencies typically are undergraduate or graduate students who show great professional promise. An abiding principle at Lake George is that applications for residency are judged solely on basis of artistic merit.

    • Fellows are invited to Lake George on the basis of a recorded audition. Combined enrollment is limited to the number of musicians needed for a full symphony orchestra; plus pianists and harpists.

    • Fellows must attend for the entire festival.

    • Candidates who pass the recorded audition screening may be contacted for a telephone or ZOOM video interview prior to admission.

    • A non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 is due immediately to reserve your space and applies toward the total cost of tuition. The remaining tuition balance is due by June 1.

    • A fully refundable damage deposit of $500 will be collected at the festival. This can be done by physical check, credit card number, or cash.

    • Questions about repertoire or other submission related details please contact us at 

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