Summer Music Institute

Summer 2023

The UNM artist string faculty are pleased to present the 2023 UNM Summer Music Institute for accomplished collegiate and high school musicians as well as young professional players. Sunday JUNE 11 through Saturday June 17. Welcoming auditions from advanced string instrumentalists ages 15-25.

Our Mission


The primary mission of the UNM Summer Music Institute is to offer student musicians masterful teaching by UNM faculty and UNMSMI guest artists who are internationally recognized as both performers and teachers.

To Serve our community and region by presenting outstanding performances in string chamber music.

To Raise awareness of the excellence of the UNM string programs both locally and regionally.


To teach the importance of chamber music through master classes, chamber music instruction, chamber orchestra, concert participation, and concert attendance.

To offer the most advanced NM high school students a chance to work with UNM faculty and guest artists as coaches/mentors/collaborators.


To provide access to all UNMSMI events performances free of charge as a gift to our NM community.

To engage younger audiences and families through excellent and exciting performances by gifted young musicians.

To engage with the greater Albuquerque community through a unique partnership with the UNM Hospital and UNM Arts-in-Medicine program.

To share the excellence of our UNM string program with musicians from across the United States and abroad.


This exciting festival takes place on the beautiful University of New Mexico campus from June 11 to June 17 and provides participants with intense daily musical interaction and expert guidance from world-class faculty. 

Participants will be immersed in daily chamber music rehearsals and coaching, daily instrumental masterclasses, a solo competition (featuring $2000 in prizes) student and faculty recitals, outreach events, multiple performance opportunities, special topic lectures, and more!

Safe and comfortable housing available in campus dormitories for an extra fee.

Daily complimentary light breakfasts provided. Some dinners offered during special evening events.

UNMSMI musicians must be between the ages of 15 and 25.  Exceptions to this age range can be requested on a case by case basis.

Tuition and Registration fees:

$50 registration fee applicable to all participants/nonrefundable

$200 UNMSMI tuition fee **

$150 tuition fee for Bass Intensive

All fees are due upon notification of acceptance.

**Many full tuition fellowships are available for students who are currently attending college music programs. Priority given to those traveling from the farthest distance to attend.


RECORDED AUDITIONS: All applicants must submit an uploaded video link, 5 to 10 minutes of repertoire, including at least one movement from the solo works of J.S. Bach and the exposition of a concerto (memorization/ accompaniment not required) or other solo or accompanied work. Audio links are not acceptable, audition must be in video format with good quality audio component.

Send a link to by April 15 (midnight).

There is no application fee. Please include the following information in the body of your email:

  1. your date of birth
  2. current institution of study and /or current teacher
  3. current residence (state, country)
  4. recent chamber music repertoire studied/performed



Detailed Registration and Scholarship Information

The UNM Summer Music Institute is pleased to announce that due to generous support from UNM and community donors, many full and partial scholarships are available to the most highly qualified applicants as determined by competitive audition and demonstrated need.

Note to high school students: this is an intense professional training opportunity in string chamber music. Please apply only if your private teacher feels that you are ready to prepare and perform complete chamber music movements or works within a one week period. If your current repertoire includes concertos, sonatas, technical etudes and three octave scales and arpeggios, you should be adequately prepared for the demands of this program.

All participants will be assigned to chamber groups consisting of 2-8 players . These groups will receive daily coaching by UNMSMI faculty and guest artists. All students will be given the opportunity to perform in at least one masterclass for their specific instrument. Private lessons may be arranged individually with faculty members only if time allows, and will require additional payment. Upon arrival, all students will audition for seating/ placement in chamber orchestra repertoire. Our chamber orchestra is generally conductorless and is led by faculty artists. Players rotate throughout the concert repertoire and there may be solo opportunities. Most players rehearse about one hour per day in orchestra. 

SOLO COMPETITION: All full participants are eligible to participate in the UNMSMI Robertson and Sons Solo Competition. Required repertoire will consist of at least ONE movement from the solo works of J.S. Bach (transcriptions allowed) and at least ONE contrasting solo work or movement from a different composer;  8 to 12 total minutes of performance time including any repeats. Memorization is required. Single or multiple movements of works may be performed depending on length. All works performed must be originally written for solo instrument (without accompaniment) . 3-5 Finalists will be chosen to perform in a public recital with award ceremony to follow. Previous first place winners are ineligible to compete. $2000+ in cash and prizes sponsored by Robertson and Sons Violin Shop.

HOUSING: Convenient, safe and affordable housing is available at UNM dormitories. 5-minute walk to music building.

$300 for Single occupancy dormitory room for 7 nights

Parking passes available for an additional fee.

Continental breakfast is provided each day by UNMSMI . There are many affordable eating establishments located on campus  and within a very short walk from the music building. Commuting students may choose to bring there own lunches to campus.  Please budget at least $150 to cover any meals you must purchase while in Albuquerque. Dinner will occasionally be provided during evening special events.

COVID policies: All UNMSMI participants will follow COVID related guidelines as stipulated by the University of New Mexico at the time of the festival.

Tuition and Fees:

ALL PARTICIPANTS must pay a non-refundable registration fee of $50.
2023 UNMSMI tuition: $1200.
Total cost Tuition and Registration fee = $250.

About our Faculty

Event Schedule

June 11 – June 17 : All events free and open to public

June 11 – June 17 : All events free and open to public

June 11: 5 pm UNMSMI faculty Opening Night performance, Keller Hall UNM (note time change!) 

June 13: 7pm Solo Competition Finalist Recital, Robertson and Sons Violin Shop Recital Hall (3201 Carlisle Blvd NE)

June 16: 7pm Chamber Music Performance, Historic San Miguel Chapel (401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe)

June 17: noontime Children/ Family Keller Hall UNM

June 17: 3pm Chamber Music Finale concert , Keller Hall

June 17: 7pm Chamber Orchestra Gala Performance, Keller Hall (reception to follow)

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