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About the program

June 20-22, 2024 

Accepting applications for violin, viola, cello, and double bass

APPLY NOW HERE Before April 30, 2024 deadline. 

What to expect?

Get Training – Improve your playing and technique through rehearsals and workshops from Bravo! Vail’s teaching staff and musicians in residence.  

Build Friendships – Connect with a new group of young musicians through ensemble playing, music appreciation, and social activities.  

Immerse Yourself – Enjoy the full experience of attending a live orchestra performance at Bravo! Vail Music Festival.  

Explore the Area – Discover the natural beauty of Vail, Colorado.  

Perform a Concert – Young Musicians Day culminates in a large ensemble student performance at Bravo! Vail Music Festival. 

Students should be proficient at reading music and have prior experience in playing in an ensemble. See below for detailed prerequisites. Applications are required. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply

Open for application on February 1, 2024
Click here to apply 
Deadline to apply: April 15, 2024

Tuition & Fees

$150 tuition fee will be due upon admission to the program. Limited scholarships are available. Inquire at education@bravovail.org

Application Requirements

Students should be studying 2-octave major scales in the key of C, G, D, A, B-flat, E-flat, and F. All string players should be proficient in techniques such as bow control, intonation, shifting, and vibrato.  

  • All applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a private teacher or ensemble director, a video recording of two of the listed scales, and a solo work that best represents your current level of playing.
  • Applicants must be able to read music and have some experience playing in an ensemble. Students will be expected to work on assigned parts with at home teacher ahead of attending Young Musicians Day.


Location & Transportation

Young Musicians Day will commence on Thursday, June 20, at Edwards Interfaith Chapel (32138 US-6, Edwards, CO 81632). Further times and details coming soon.

Overnight Housing

Out-of-town students requiring overnight housing will stay with a parent or organization chaperone. Local discount housing is available. For details contact education@bravovail.org.

Student Preparation

Upon admission, students will be sent music to practice in advance.

Students should bring their instruments, backpack, water bottle, sunscreen, rain jacket, outdoor shoes, and performance attire consisting of black bottoms, white tops, black socks or stockings, black dress shoes.

Overnight supplies to prepare should include pajamas and toiletries. Snacks are welcome and meals will be provided.  


All teaching staff, host families, and Festival artists are professionally background checked.


Subject to change

Young Musicians Day Schedule-subject to change

Thursday, June 20 

12:00PM Arrival/Check-In 

12:30PM Orientation 

1:00PM Team Building Games 

1:30PM Strings & Choir Rehearsal 

2:30PM Break 

2:40PM Separate Rehearsals for Choir and Strings 

4:00PM Travel to Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 

4:30PM Fun Activities 

5:30 - 6:00PM Picnic dinner on lawn 

6:00PM Concert: Sinfónica de Minería  

8:00PM Depart 


Friday, June 21 

8:15AM Arrival/Check-In 

8:30AM Sectionals 

9:30AM Break 

9:40AM Strings only 

10:30AM Break 

10:40AM Choir joins Strings 

11:15AM Separate Rehearsals for Choir and Strings 

12:15 - 1:00PM Lunch/Break 

1:00 - 2:30PM Workshop with Guest Artists 

2:30PM Break 

2:40PM Fun Activity 

3:00PM Dress Rehearsal 

4:30PM Evening TBD Outreach and Event 


Saturday, June 22 

8:45AM Arrival/Check-In 

9:00AM Rehearsals 

10:30AM Break 

10:45AM Concert Run-through with logistics practice 

12:00PM Lunch/Break 

1:00PM Change into Performance Attire 

2:00PM Young Musicians Concert!  

3:00PM Farewells 

6:00PM Optional Concert at Gerald R. Amphitheater 

Music Faculty

Lindsay Erickson

Conductor, String Orchestra

Nathan Wubbena

Conductor, Boulder Children's Chorale

Aileen Pagán-Rohwer

Director of Education and Engagement, Strings