Internships, Jobs, and Festivals


Strategize where to spend the summer. In addition to helping you hone your craft and work with experts, festivals can help you develop a specialty (new music, baroque, chamber, etc), build musical networks, and open up new markets (abroad and within the US). 

So, make a career coaching appointment to articulate your goals, and then use the resources at your fingertips—faculty knowledge, colleagues inside and outside MSU, and resources such as the following links—to find the right experience for you.

An extensive festival list maintained by Peabody’s Music Entrepreneurship center.

A list of well-respected music festivals, put together by David Cutler, Associate Professor of Music Entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina.

Running Start List of Festivals

Click on a festival name to be redirected to their host site.
Updated for Summer 2018.

Festival Name

Program Type


8th Blackbird Creative Lab Composition, Instrumental, Pre-formed Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble December 1, 2017
American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS-Graz) Voice, Piano, Orchestra Recordings: June 15, 2018 (voice, piano), March 10, 2018 (orchestra). Register earlier for live auditions.
Aria International Summer Music Academy Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet April 4, 2018
Aspen Music Festival Orchestral/Instrumental, Solo/Collaborative Piano, Opera Coaching, Voice, Aspen Conducting Academy, Composition Studies, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Classical Guitar, Chamber Music Studies

Aspen Opera Center: Opera Coaching and Voice: October 29, 2017

Conducting Academy: November 1, 2017

Composition Studies: November 15, 2017

Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Orchestral/Instrumental, Chamber Music Studies, Solo and Collaborative Piano, Classical Guitar: January 2, 2018

Atlantic Music Festival Composition, Conductiong, Orchestral/Instrumental, Opera, Piano February 18, 2018
Bang on a Can New Music Ensemble/Chamber Music January 9, 2018
Berkshire Choral Festival Choral December 30, 2017
Blossom Music Festival Chamer Music, Orchestral/Instrumental March 15, 2018
Bowdoin Festival Strings, Harp, Percussion, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Composition January 22, 2018
for reduced application fee
Brevard Music Center Orchestral/Instrumental, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Composition, Piano, Opera Opera: January 16, 2018
All others: February 16, 2018
Britten-Pears School Instrumental, Vocal, Composition November 6, 2017
Centrum Summer Workshops Blues, Jazz, Choir, Chamber Music Rolling
Chautauqua Institution Orchestral/Instrumental, Piano, Theatre, Voice Voice: November 1, 2017
Theatre, Instrumental and Piano: TBD
Clazz International Music Festival Classical, Jazz, Instrumental, Chamber Music Rolling
Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestral/Instrumental, Chamber Music February 15, 2018
Clazz International Music Festival Orchestral/Chamber Music/Combo Experience

Early Bird/Scholarships: February 15, 2018

February 28, 2018

Credo Music Festival Orchestral/Instrumental, Flute Program Credo Oberlin: TBD
Credo Flute: TBD
Credo New England: TBD
All applications open in November 2017
Domaine Forget Strings, Brass, Winds, Percussion, Vocal, Jazz Vocal, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Guitar, Chamber Music Strings, Brass, Winds, Percussion, Piano, Collaborative Piano,Vocal: TBD
Guitar: TBD
Jazz Vocal: TBD
Eastern Music Festival Orchestral/Instrumental, Conducting, Piano, Classical Guitar, String Fellowships, Percussion Fellowships February 21, 2018
Fresh Inc Composition, Pre-Formed Ensemble, Instrumental February 1, 2018
Killington Music Festival Strings, Brass, Winds, Piano, Chamber Music Reduced fee: March 1, 2018
Marrowstone Music Festival Orchestral/Instrumental, Chamber Music, Piano March 26, 2018
Meadowmount School of Music Chamber Music, Strings, Piano January 31, 2018
Music Academy of the West Voice, Vocal Piano, Collaborative Piano, Solo Piano, Orchestral/Instrumental Voice, Vocal Piano, Collaborative Piano: October 23, 2017 Orchestral/Instrumental: January 15, 2018 (Live) or February 8, 2018 (Video)
Music at Menlo Strings and Pianos Rolling
National Orchestral Institute Orchestral/Instrumental Live: Rolling 
Video: February 21, 2018
National Repertory Orchestra Orchestral/Instrumental, Conducting Rolling
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Chamber Music, New Music, Choral Conducting, Chorus Chamber/New Music: January 11, 2018 Choral Conducting, Chorus: March 22, 2018
Opera in the Ozarks Opera, Opera Orchestra, Internships (Marketing, Fundraising, Education, etc.) Opera Program: February 1, 2018
Opera Orchestra: April 10, 2018
Internships: Rolling
Pacific Music Festival Orchestral/Instrumental January 17, 2018
Pierre Monteux School Conducting, Orchestral/Instrumental February 15, 2018
PRISMA Orchestral/Instrumental February 28, 2018
Ravinia Festival Piano and Strings, Jazz Singers: November 1, 2017
Piano/Strings: January 31, 2018
Jazz: Rolling (Invitation Only)
Round Top International Music Festival Orchestral/Instrumental February 19, 2018
Sarasota Music Festival Chamber Music February 15, 2018
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestral/Instrumental December 1, 2017
Stanford Jazz Workshop Jazz, Combos, Vocal Jazz May 1, 2018 for optimal instrumentation
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestral/Instrumental, Conducting, Voice, Piano, Vocal Piano, Composition Voice/Vocal Piano: October 20, 2017
Piano: January 20, 2017
Conducting: November 27, 2017
Composition: December 1, 2017 Library: February 9, 2018
Orchestral/Instrumental: January 15, 2018
Texas Music Festival Orchestral/Instrumental, Bel Canto Studies, Flute, Jazz Orchestral/Instrumental Live Audition: January 19, 2018
Flute: fees due April 16, 2018
Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler Orchestral/Instrumental March 11, 2018
Verbier Festival Orchestral/Instrumental Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Chamber: January 21, 2018 (video only)
Voice: November 5, 2017 (live auditions); January 21, 2018 (video)
Yellow Barn Music School and Festival Chamber Music, Strings, Piano, Winds, Harp, Voice, Percussion, Composition Live: January 15, 2018
Video: January 29, 2018
Youth Orchestra of the Americas Orchestral/Instrumental February 1, 2018