Ames International Orchestra Festival Music Leadership Intensive

About the Intensive

The Ames International Orchestra Festival’s Music Leadership Intensive offers a high-quality artistic experience for high school string students by providing the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside the musicians of the Russian String Orchestra. Participants will spend six hours of rehearsal over a two-day period in a side-by-side setting with members of the Russian String Orchestra that culminates in a public performance.

In addition to the rehearsals and performance with the Russian String Orchestra, students will attend a seminar on leadership and entrepreneurship presented by faculty from Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business.

Students will also attend two public performances by the Russian String Orchestra and a dinner for all Music Leadership Intensive participants.

Audition Process

Iowa high school string students are encourage to apply. To be considered for selection:

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Upload a video of two contrasting works via YouTube not to exceed ten (10) minutes in duration.
  3. Pay the $20 application fee.

Auditions will be adjudicated by Iowa State University music faculty.

The deadline for submitting applications is Saturday, February 15, 2020. 

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Other Information

There is a $100 participation fee for selected students. This fee includes tickets to both performances by the Russian String Orchestra, rehearsals, coachings, and meals (lunches on Wednesday and Thursday and dinner on Wednesday evening).

Hotel accommodations are available at the Best Western University Park Inn & Suites at a special group rate of $89 per night plus tax. Home stays can be arranged if desired. Please indicate your housing preference on the application form.

Click here to view a preliminary schedule of events for selected participants.