As part of our mission, Bravo! Vail supports the next generation of performers, administrators, and music-lovers.

These innovative, hands-on programs provide young arts leaders with unique opportunities to connect and work behind the scenes with one of the top classical music festivals in the country.


Each year, Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott personally selects two young pianists to spend an immersive two weeks at Bravo! Vail, performing in varied programs for diverse audiences with the esteemed musicians of the Festival.

Piano Fellows

Inside the Music

Gain astounding insight and a unique perspective during these free, informative talks and Master Classes at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. 

Inside the Music

Chamber Musicians in Residence

Bravo! Vail is proud to showcase outstanding chamber ensembles in the early stages of major professional careers.

These musicians benefit immeasurably by performing, teaching, and learning throughout the Vail community, in concert and collaboration with Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott and other renowned Festival musicians.

Chamber Musicians in Residence


Each summer, Bravo! Vail recruits students from around the country poised to begin careers in arts administration and non-profit management.

Applications are now closed for the 2019 season. Please check back this winter for information about applying to the 2020 Internship Program. 


Internship Program


Instituted in 2016, the Luis D. Juarez Honorary Music Award supports and extends opportunities for students to pursue musical studies of the highest caliber. Recipients will have displayed commitment, dedication, and excellence in their musical studies. The goal of the award is to provide financial assistance to a student in his or her pursuit of serious high-level music studies in an accredited program, camp, academic institution, or another similar setting, or to assist with the costs of instruments, software, or other materials essential to the student’s continued musical studies.

In a letter to Bravo! in December 2015, Luis wrote:

"Bravo has given me the means to grow as a person, and as a student. Through the chance to work with you as a teacher, I have gained a greater appreciation for my teachers at school and decided that I want to be a teacher. I am passionate about being a music teacher, and I see myself in a classroom, directing a choir, or teaching kids the piano or the guitar. I believe that a good teacher can influence what kind of a person a child will be when they grow up, and that music can help them through life’s rough patches. If I can help the next generations in any way, I strongly believe that it’s through music education.
I am the first of my family to be graduating high school, and to be moving on to college. This is all very new for me and your support has meant the world to me. Thank you for everything.

Luis Juarez"

2018 Award Recipient:

The 2018 Award Recipient, Bora Basyildiz, was recognized for his work in Bravo’s After-School Piano Program, starting out as a student, and leaving as a lead instructor. He hopes to utilize this award to bring more musical opportunities to his new campus: Colorado School of Mines