Performance Intensive for Gifted Young Musicians

Oyster-Bay-Music-Festival-Beatles-Style-by-Gail-SingerThe 2017 Festival’s Performance Intensive provides a week long of coaching, master classes, and seminars in chamber music, performance skills, audition preparation, body awareness and healthy movement. Designed for highly gifted Long Island music students ages 11-24 (including pianists, classical singers, woodwinds, and strings), Performance Intensive students, together with festival faculty and guest artists, presented solo and chamber music repertoire on classical music concerts twice daily in informal and formal settings throughout the village of Oyster Bay.

Master class topics include repertoire study, specific technical issues, chamber music rehearsal techniques, historical significance of selected composers and repertoire, and coping methods for performance nerves. An unusual component to the Performance Intensive is the innovative dedication to the young musician’s need to “practice” performing.

Performance Intensive classes take place at Christ Church at 61 East Main Street in Oyster Bay, New York. Meals and Afternoon Concerts took place throughout downtown Oyster Bay and within walking distance from the Christ Church campus.



Performance Intensive Dates & Times (only approximate)

Sunday, July 23: 12pm-6pm and Evening Concert at 7:30pm

Monday, July 24: 10am-5pm with Evening Concert at 7:30pm

Tuesday, July 25: 10am-6pm with Evening Concert at 7:30pm

Wednesday, July 26: 10am-6pm with Evening Concert at 7:30pm

Thursday, July 27: 10am-6pm with Evening Concert at 7:300pm

Friday, July 28: 10am-6pm with Evening Concert at 7:30pm

Saturday, July 29: 10am-6pm with Evening Concert at 7:30pm

Sunday, July 30: 12pm-7pm with after party celebration


Tuition is $650 and included lunch each day (dinner was also offered at an additional cost). Limited scholarships are available.

Sample Schedule

10:00am-12:30pm – Master Classes or chamber music coaching

12:30pm-2:30pm – Lunch together and Afternoon Concert at a community venue in Oyster Bay

2:30pm-5pm – Master Classes, music history discussions, rehearsals

5pm-7pm – Free Time OR Afternoon Concert (with short break for dinner together, dinner with family, extra rehearsals)

7:30pm – EVENING CONCERT with students and/or faculty

Oyster Bay Music Festival

Last summer thirty-five talented young musicians ages 11-24 from all over Long Island and New York State gathered here in Oyster Bay to train and perform in engaging, intimate concerts, spreading the excitement of live classical music performance and practicing their craft along the way.

Join us this summer, July 23-30, for another exciting musical adventure! Visit our Application page for 2017 audition information.

Read Nicholas Wan's beautiful musings about OBMF!

Read Maxim Lando's blog post from OBMF 2015: a 12 year old perspective.