What is a “postmark
For the audition recording,
do my two contrasting pieces have to be entire works or can they be
May I apply for both a
merit-based and a need-based scholarship?
Can my letters of
recommendation be sent by email?
If I attended the Festival
last year, do I still need to send in an audition recording?
Will the Festival let me
know when my application is received?
Will I be sent a letter of
acceptance and, if so, when will I receive it?
Who attends the Festival?
How old are most of the
Can the Festival help me
with my travel arrangements?
What should I do about a
When should I arrive at the
When should I depart from
May I arrive early or
depart late from the Festival?
May I arrive late or depart
early from the Festival?
Where will I be staying?
What is the Westmont
College campus like?
What is the weather like in
Santa Barbara in July and August?
May I choose my roommate?
Do I need to bring sheets
How will younger
participants be supervised?
Are laundry facilities
Will participants have
What kind of activities
will be available?
What if I forget my
toothbrush or other personal items?
What if something happens
to my instrument?
Do I need instrument
What should I bring to the
What kind of performance
clothes should I bring?
What chamber music will I
play and when can I start working on it?
Do I really have to bring a music
Where can I store my
What is a"Stretch & Breathe" class, who attends, and what do I need?
May my parents come to hear
Are parent accommodations
available at the Festival?
Q: What is a
A: The postmark deadline for applications means
that your application materials must be mailed and postmarked by the
deadline date. You are only responsible for sending it
by that date. You do not need to be concerned that it is received by that date.
Q: For the
audition recording, do my two contrasting pieces have to be entire
works or can they be single movements?
A: The audition recording may consist of two
contrasting pieces or movements of any length, as long as they
are entire movements. If two movements are used, they should
not be from the same work.
Q: May I apply
for both a merit-based and a need-based scholarship?
A: Yes. You may apply for both kinds of
scholarship at the same time. Be sure to fulfill the
requirements of both scholarships, including application form, recording,
letters of recommendation, documentation of
income and application fee.
Q: Can my
letters of recommendation be sent by email?
A: Yes. Letters of recommendation may be
sent by email as long as they are sent directly from the writer of
the recommendation. They can be sent to fsuh@MontecitoMusicFestival.com.
Q: If I
attended the Festival last year, do I still need to send in an
A: Yes. Besides being used to determine
acceptance and scholarship awards, your audition recording helps us
place you in an appropriate chamber ensemble. If you attended
the Festival in a previous year, we would like to see how your
playing has improved since then.
the Festival let me know when my application is received?
A: Yes. You will receive an email
approximately 7-10 days after your application is received and
processed. Be sure to check your spam folder as well as your
email inbox for communications from the Festival. For best
results, please add fsuh@MontecitoMusicFestival.com to your address book, since most Festival communications will be sent
from this address.
I be sent a letter of acceptance and, if so, when will I receive it?
A: Most applicants will receive the results of
their applications around April 5. This notification will come
in the form of an email to the address given on your
application form, and no formal letter will be sent by standard mail. Please let us know if your
email address changes, because our primary form of communication with
you will be by email.
attends the Festival?
A: For the 2011 season, 130 participants came
from 12 different countries.
old are most of the participants?
A: The Festival is designed for ages 13 and up,
and last year’s participants ranged up to age 36.
Seventeen-year-olds represented the largest single age group, but
several participants were in their lower teens and many were in their
Q: Can the Festival help me with my travel
A: No. All participants are required to make their
own travel arrangements to and from the site of the Festival on the
campus of Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara,
California, USA. For directions to Westmont College and information
about ground transportation from Los Angeles International Airport to
Santa Barbara, please visit the Transportation page of the Festival
What should I do about a visa application?
A: If you are not a U.S. resident and you do not
have a U. S. visa, you must apply for a visa immediately.
The Festival cannot help with the visa process, but some helpful
information about obtaining a visa is available, on the Admission page.
When should I arrive at the Festival?
A: Please plan to arrive at Westmont College
between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012. The first meal served will be dinner Monday evening.
When should I depart from the Festival?
A: The Festival officially concludes after
breakfast on Saturday, August, at approximately 9:00
a.m. Participants should leave by 12:00 noon on Saturday August 4,
2012. However, Festival participants may depart from the Festival
immediately following the final concert at 10:00 p.m. on Friday,
August 3, 2012, if required by their travel itinerary.
May I arrive early or depart late from the Festival?
A: You may arrive as early as noon on Monday,
July 16, or depart as late as noon on Saturday, August 4, if it is
absolutely unavoidable because of travel schedules. However,
there will be an additional charge of $60 per night, and food may not
be available on campus for any meals outside of those scheduled as
part of the Festival. Any early arrivals or late departure must
be approved in advance (by July14, 2012) by contacting Francis Suh at FSuh@MontecitoMusicFestival.com.
May I arrive late or depart early from the Festival?
A: If you intend to participate in the Festival at
all, we feel it is important for you to be present for the whole
event. If you will need to miss a significant portion at either
the beginning or the end, it might be better to reconsider your
participation. If arriving a few hours late or leaving slightly
early is absolutely unavoidable, you must inform the Festival by July 14, 2012, of your arrival/departure time. No reimbursements will
be made for missed portions of the Festival.
Where will I be staying?
A: The Festival takes place on the campus of
Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. All dormitory
rooms used by the Festival are designed for either two or three
occupants per room and are furnished with a bed, a desk, a chair, a
chest of drawers and closet space for each occupant. Festival
participants will be housed primarily in Page Hall, with girls on the
second floor and boys on the third floor. Some of the older
participants will be housed in Emerson or Clark Halls (refer to www.Westmont.edu and click on
“Visitors” for a campus map). Public bathrooms with showers are
located on each floor. Roommates will be assigned according to
age and gender.
Q: What is the Westmont College campus
A: Westmont College is located in a beautiful wooded hilly
area overlooking Santa Barbara. Although the distances on
campus are not great, participants and visitors should be prepared to
walk up and down very steep inclines between buildings and activities
What is the weather like in Santa Barbara in July and August?
A: Santa Barbara has idyllic summer weather with
daytime highs in the 70’s and 80’s and lows in the 50’s and
60’s. Mornings and evenings can feel quite cool, especially
with the frequent morning mist and ocean breezes, but afternoons are
usually comfortably warm and sunny.
May I choose my roommate?
A: Yes. If there is someone who is also registered for
the Festival with whom you would like to share a room, please let us
know by July 1, 2012, and we will do our best to accommodate
you. Otherwise, we will assign roommates based on gender and
Q: Do I need to bring sheets and towels?
A: No. Each participant will be furnished with
sheets, towels, a pillow and a blanket. There will be an
opportunity to exchange soiled linens for clean ones midway through
the Festival. Each participant is responsible to keep track of
the linens issued to them and may be charged an additional fee if
linens are lost or damaged. We encourage you to bring your own
pillow (if it is important to you) and a mattress pad if you can, but
these are optional. A beach or swim towel may also be useful.
Q: How will younger participants be
A: Resident counselors will be available in all residence
areas. All participants under the age of 18 will be assigned to
a chaperone or resident counselor. The resident counselors will
verify that participants are attending the required sessions and
using practice times appropriately. Participants under 18 will
not be permitted to leave the Westmont College campus unless they are
accompanied by an approved chaperone.
Are laundry facilities available?
A: Yes. Washing machines and dryers are
available in the dorm buildings and are operated by a card
system. Laundry cards are available for purchase for $5 in the
college student center.
Will participants have internet access?
A: Yes. Westmont College has wireless
internet access throughout the campus. Participants will have
access to a computer lab in the college library.
What kind of activities will be available?
A: Besides the full schedule of lessons, chamber
music coaching sessions, master classes, recitals, concerts,
rehearsals and practicing that are part of the Festival itself,
& Breathe warm-up classes, hiking trails and tennis are all available on the
Westmont College campus during individual free time.
Participants may also have the opportunity to take trips to the
beach, shop in downtown Santa Barbara, visit the historic Santa
Barbara Mission and attend concerts in the Santa Barbara area.
What if I forget my toothbrush or other personal items?
A: The Westmont College store has a small
selection of personal items for sale. The campus store accepts
cash and credit cards.
What if something happens to my instrument?
A: Please notify a Festival faculty or staff
member if you have a problem with your instrument. We can
arrange for a qualified instrument repair professional to help with
Do I need instrument insurance?
A: Yes. Participants are encouraged to
purchase insurance for their instruments to be in effect during the
Festival and during any travel to or from the Festival. The
Festival cannot be responsible for damage to instruments.
What should I bring to the Festival?
A: Items to bring with you should include but
are not limited to:
Instrument and instrument supplies, (strings, rosin,
collapsible music stand – VERY IMPORTANT – Music stands will not be provided!
Chamber music repertoire – anything you have played or would like to
Solo repertoire – anything you are working on or would like to work
Clear tape for taping ensemble music pages together
Comfortable clothing for warm weather
Sweater or jacket for cool evenings and air conditioning
Comfortable shoes for walking and/or hiking
Dressy, modest clothing/shoes for concerts and performances
Swimming attire, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, beach/pool towel
Exercise clothing and optional yoga mat for "Stretch & Breathe" classes
Toiletries and personal care items
Money for laundry, souvenirs and incidental expenses
If you live within driving distance of Santa Barbara,
or if you have room in your luggage, feel free to bring a mattress
pad and your favorite pillow.
What kind of performance clothes should I bring?
A: Although there is no required performance attire, we suggest
that everyone bring the following:
For women, either a black skirt (knee length or longer) or pants,
along with both a black top and a white top, black
shoes, black stockings.
For men, black slacks and both a button-front black shirt and a button-front white shirt, black shoes, black socks.
For solo performances
For women, a dress or nice skirt (knee length or longer) or pants
with a nice top of your choice. Formal wear is not required.
For men, nice slacks and a button-front shirt of any color.
Jeans (even black ones) are not considered appropriate performance
Q: What chamber music will I play and
when can I start working on it?
A. Chamber music assignments will be made in advance of the Festival and
you will receive information about it at that time. Be sure to
check your email for this information.
Q: Do I really have to
bring a music stand?
A: Yes. Unless you are a pianist, you must bring a
folding or collapsible music stand clearly labeled with your
name. Westmont College does not supply music stands and you
will need one for your own practice time as well as your chamber
Q: Where can I store my instrument?
A: Westmont College does not have any instrument lockers or
storage facilities. Your instrument will need to be either
locked in your dorm room or with you at all times. No
instruments may be left unattended in practice rooms, common areas,
teaching rooms or performance spaces.
Q: What is a "Stretch & Breathe" class, who attends, and what do I need?
A: Stretch & Breathe classes are half-hour sessions in which you will learn basic exercises for the parts of the body used most in playing musical instruments – the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, fingers, back and hips during the Festival. All students are encouraged to attend to help the body stay healthy, relaxed and injury-free. If you have a yoga mat, you may bring it to the class, though one is not required to attend as most exercises are performed standing. Plan to wear clothes in which you can stretch and move (for example, sweats and a fitted T-shirt).
Q: May my parents come to hear me
A: Yes. Parents and friends are welcome to come to any of
our concerts, recitals and master classes. Participants are
encouraged to invite parents and friends as soon as they know when
they will be performing, usually a day or two in advance of the
recital. Our final concert will take place at 8:00 p.m. on
Friday, August 5, in Porter Hall on the Westmont College campus.
Although not everyone will get to perform in the final concert, it
will be a festive occasion with wonderful music, and everyone is
Are parent accommodations available at the Festival?
A: No. The Festival cannot accommodate
parents for overnight stay. Parents are welcome to join us for
concerts, recitals and master classes, and meals may be available
with advance purchase through the Festival. Parents should make
their own arrangements for overnight accommodations at local hotels
in the Santa Barbara area. Make reservations early to avoid conflict with local summer events.