FAQs for applicants

Who can apply?

Instrumentalists:
- Advanced music students and professional musicians
- Age limit: 30 years
- Course language: English

Conductors:
- Advanced conducting students and professional conductors
- Age limit: 30 years
- Course language: English

Composers:
- You can find all information here.

What are the application requirements?

For instrumentalists:
- Advanced music students and professional musicians
- Age limit: 30 years
- Course language: English
Documents to be submitted:
- Application form (can be filled out directly online after the registration)
- audio and video recording/link with the required audition repertoire (see audition repertoire)
- Curriculum Vitae in English (maximum two pages)
- List of contemporary works already performed (solo, ensemble and orchestra)
- Photo

For conductors:
- Advanced conducting students and professional conductors
- Age limit: 30 years
- Course language: English
Documents to be submitted:
- Application form (can be filled out directly online after the registration)
- youtube-link to a recording of a performance/rehearsal. Please check the repertoire here.
- Curriculum Vitae in English (maximum two pages)
- Repertoirelist
- Photo
 

Where can I apply?

Please register and apply online. You can upload all requested documents and your recordings/videos/links and fill out the application form there.

When can I apply?

Application for instrumentalists and conductors begins in September.
For applications for composers please check this site.

When do applications close?

The application deadline for the academy 2017 will be on Friday, 10 February 2017.

I'm older than 30 - can I still apply?

The age limit for instrumentalists and conductors is 30. Applications from older people are accepted but please note that in cases of the same musical level, the younger applicants will be preferred.

I'm a former participant - do I have to send a new recording with the requested repertoire?

For former participants it is not necessary to send a new recording with the updated repertoire. Please upload then your recordings from your previous application as well as your updated CV, photo and repertoire list (please use the same login as for your previous application). You are free to send a new recording if you prefer.

How much is the application fee?

There is no application fee, the application is free.

What's the audition repertoire for this year's Academy?

Please see the following site for the audition repertoire.

Do you provide the scores for the audition repertoire?

You are responsible for obtaning the scores for the audition repertoire on time. If you have problems finding them or if delivery from publishers takes too long, please contact us: academy@lucernefestival.ch

Can I do a live audition?

It is not possible to do live auditions.

When will the results of the selection be announced?

We will inform you of the results by middle of March. There is no right of legal appeal. No correspondance regarding the decisions will be conducted.

How many musicians will be invited?

Every year LUCERNE FESTIVAL invites about 120 students from all around the world to Lucerne.

Is there a waiting list?

You will be informed by e-mail if you are on the waiting list. In case of cancellations or changes in the list of participants, we will inform you as soon as possible.

Will there be any feedback from the jury?

Because of the large number of applications, no individual feedback will be given and no correspondance regarding the decisions will be conducted. Thank you for your understanding.

Who are the instrumental coaches for the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY?

This year the following musicians will form the teaching faculty of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY

What is the program of this year?

Please check the program here.

Who will conduct this year?

Please see the program here.

Still have questions?

Please email academy@lucernefestival.ch

FAQs for participants

How much does the Academy cost?

LUCERNE FESTIVAL will cover the costs of travel from your home or place of study to Lucerne and back, accommodation with breakfast in a local host family, and daily fees for food and beverage.

When is the arrival/departure day of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY this year?

Arrival day in Lucerne, Switzerland: Saturday 12 August 2017
Departure day from Hamburg, Germany: Tuesday 5 September 2017

Is it possible to arrive earlier?

It is possible to arrive earlier, but please get in touch with us: academy@lucernefestival.ch

Is it possible to participate only in part of the Academy? Is it possible to arrive later or leave earlier?

If you have been selected as member of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY you have to confirm your attendance for the entire three weeks. It is not possible to arrive later, leave earlier or to miss any rehearsals or concerts.

Do I need a Visa?

Students from America and Europe do not need a Visa. For all other nationalities, please check with your embassy to learn whether a Visa is needed. Each student is responsible for applying for any necessary visas to Switzerland in timely manner. LUCERNE FESTIVAL can provide invitation letters for your Visa applications.

Who will arrange my travel?

LUCERNE FESTIVAL will organize all flights from your home or place of study to Lucerne and back. If you travel by train to Lucerne and back we kindly ask you to arrange your own tickets and you will be reimbursed in Lucerne (please send us your receipts by e-mail). We will send an online contract with a travel form im April.

Can you book open flight tickets?

No we don't book open flight tickets.

Can I change my flight?

It is possible to change your flight but if we have already booked it you will have to cover all rebooking fees. The flight can be changed only by LUCERNE FESTIVAL and not directly by contacting the travel agency.

How do I receive my flight ticket?

At the beginning of August we will send you via e-mail your flight ticket (e-ticket) and your train ticket from Zürich airport to Lucerne (e-ticket).

How do I get from Z├╝rich airport to Lucerne?

By the beginning of August we will send you your train ticket (e-ticket) via e-mail with a timetable. This train ticket enables you to take all trains to Lucerne on this day.

How can I travel in the city?

LUCERNE FESTIVAL will provide you with a ticket for all public transportation for all three weeks. You will receive the ticket on your arrival day in Lucerne.

Do I need special insurances for the Academy?

For your stay in Europe you are responsible for the following insurance:

- Travel cancellation insurance (obligatory)
- Foreign health insurance (obligatory)
- Instrument insurance (recommended)
- Luggage insurance (recommended)
- Casualty insurance (recommended)

LUCERNE FESTIVAL does not provide any insurance.

Where will I live during the Academy?

LUCERNE FESTIVAL will arrange for all students to stay with a local host family for the entire three weeks. We will try to respect all your wishes concerning location and room mate.

Where will students be accommodated?

LUCERNE FESTIVAL will arrange for you to stay with a local host family for the entire three weeks.

Where will I meet my host family?

We will arrange for you to be picked up by your host family on your day of arrival in Lucerne. You will meet your host family in the Academy foyer.

Where is the meeting point during the Academy?

In the Academy foyer in the KKL is the meeting point for Academy members. Every day important news, rehearsal schedule changes, and meeting points for the evening are posted in the Academy foyer. There is WLAN and somone of the Academy-Staff is always there to help you and aswer your questions.

How do I obtain the scores?

By May we will send you all scores and cast lists in pdf files via e-mail. By the end of June we will send copies of all parts by postal mail. You will need to bring these copies to Lucerne with you.

How do I know in which pieces I will play?

The management will consult with the instrumental coaches to organize the cast lists for all works. By May we will send you these lists and the parts by e-mail. By the end of June you will receive all parts by postal mail.

I have to play an instrument that I don't own myself (contrabassoon, english horn, alto flute, etc.). What should I do?

If you need an additional instrument (such as english horn, contrabassoon, alto flute, special mutes, etc.), please contact us: academy@lucernefestival.ch

Woodwinds: please bring your own reeds with you (also for any additional rented instruments).

Can I rent instruments?

If you need an additional instrument (as english horn, contrabassoon, alto flute, special mutes, for example), please contact us: academy@lucernefestival.ch

Double bass: it is possible to rent double basses in Lucerne. Please let us know if you need a rented instrument or if you will bring your own. If you wish to rent a double bass, please bring your own bow.

Woodwinds: please bring your own reeds with you (also for any additional rented instruments).

What's the dress code for the concerts?

Concert performance (concert hall):
Women: elegant black
Men: traditional black suit (no tuxedo or smoking), white shirt, black socks, black shoes, black tie (no bow tie)

Concert performance (chamber music, ensemble program):
Women: elegant black (long- and short-sleeved)
Men: black pants, black shirt, black socks, black shoes (long- and short-sleeved)

Concert visit
Women and men: elegant, no jeans or beach shoes!

 

Is there WLAN in the KKL?

There is WLAN in the Academy foyer. There is no computer available, so please bring your own laptop or smartphone with you.

Do I need an adapter?

Switzerland has different electrical outlets. Please bring an adapter with you.

Still have questions?

Please email academy@lucernefestival.ch