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Performance Program

The Performance Program at INMF is focused on giving you the resources, inspiration, and flexibility to master the skills of craft while developing a distinct individual artistic voice.

Too often, performers leave their academic programs feeling woefully underprepared for the practical realities of taking the next steps in their career. Whether your ideal career path is professional creative work, academia, or arts entrepreneurship, the INMF Performance Program provides resources to assist you in transitioning from "student-artist" to "artist." During your time at INMF, you will cultivate your creative practice through musical experience, networking, and career consulting--addressing critical elements of performance that are difficult to cover in an academic program, yet essential to working in the field.

In designing the program, we continually asked ourselves one main question: What do I know now, that I wish I had known earlier in my career? Every element of our program, from faculty and schedule, to evening lectures and housing, has been deliberately structured based on our answers.



The core of the INMF Performance Program is the Festival Chamber Ensemble. In various combinations, you will work with festival composers on a new work written specifically for the festival, providing critical readings, guidance, and feedback. During the second week, faculty and guest coaches will work with you to prepare the work for performance, pushing you to reach your highest technical and artistic standards.



While the creative development and relationships made during the festival will last long after the final performance, leaving with high-quality documentation or your work is essential. INMF provides the unique resource of recording all rehearsals and readings, producing a professional studio session for recording all the new works, and documenting concerts with high-quality audio and video recordings. High-Resolution photos from the festival will be available to all participants for use on their websites or press kits.


Our Evening Lecture Series provides several interactive, career-oriented workshops as a part of festival. Ranging from coaching on your job documents and providing headshots to a computer music workshop, this program supplements INMF's musical activities with practical, strategic topics and skills. To best reflect the interests of the cohort, admitted applicants will have the opportunity to provide ideas for INMF's final Evening Lecture.


Two of the most valuable aspects of attending any festival are the focused environment for work, and the network of relationships  you leave with. To encourage both of these, we have arranged for an outstanding festival housing and meal plan for all INMF Fellows, which is included in the tuition. Residing in community of apartments just off-campus, you will be minutes from the music facilities, dining commons, Pacific Ocean, and downtown Isla Vista, and a short drive from beautiful downtown Santa Barbara.  The meal plan allows you to swipe in and out of the dining commons to access delicious, healthy meals every day of your stay. With nearby access to the many attractions of Santa Barbara, you will have everything you need to focus, rejuvenate, and build relationships that will continue long after the festival.


INMF 2020 Performance Program

Tuition includes all program costs, housing (double), and 10 meal/week


*Finalists may request consideration for scholarship assistance from INMF.

Additionally, the Artistic Director can provide finalists with letters of support for outside funding.

Not ready to commit to the full Performance Program, but still interested in joining us this summer and becoming a part of the INMF community?


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