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2024 Texas Music Festival (TMF) Orchestral Institute

June 1-22, 2024


Saturday, March 9, 2024 by midnight CST, or until position is filled.

Full fellowship positions available to highly qualified applicants.


  • About the Festival

    Founded in 1990 by David Tomatz, director of the University of Houston School of Music, with the support of Immanuel and Helen Olshan, the Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute provides superior training for gifted young musicians (18-30) who are completing university/conservatory studies and entering the professional world. Daily activities include orchestra rehearsals, chamber music rehearsals and coaching, masterclasses, and individual lessons.

    Based on the urban University of Houston campus, TMF enjoys use of the Moores School of Music’s impressive facilities. This 142-square-foot building houses the rehearsal rooms, studios, practice rooms, and the Moores Opera House, and 800-seat concert hall adorned by an extraordinary installation by Frank Stella. Smaller faculty and guest performances are held in Dudley Recital Hall (300 seats) in the adjacent Fine Arts Building.

    TMF offers a full-tuition fellowship (a $3000 value) to all accepted participants (Fellows) through an endowment created by the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Foundation for TMF, with support from the UH Moores School of Music, a part of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

    Fellows are housed in the UH's Cougar Village I dormitory and eat three meals daily in the UH Fresh Fork cafeteria. Dorm rooms are double rooms in a four-person suite. Single rooms are available for a supplement.

    The Festival Orchestra rehearses daily, culminating in Saturday night performances in the Moores Opera House. Each program includes a weekly sectional led by TMF faculty.

    Seating is determined by placement auditions on Sunday, June 2.

    Concertmaster positions are assigned after seating auditions. Violin applicants who would like to be considered for Ein Heldenleben will audition in advance by video audition.

  • Participant Chamber Music

    All TMF Fellows are assigned, in advance, to a group, so that they can arrive fully prepared. Groups receive one coaching per week from TMF Faculty and the Formosa Quartet, during its first-week residency. Groups will have performance opportunities on TMF Student Chamber Music Concerts.

    Chamber Music Competition – Some students will have to opportunity to compete to perform with Faculty on the Faculty Chamber Music Series in the Beethoven Octet for Winds and the Brahms String Sextet in G Major. Positions will be open for violin, viola, cello, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn.

  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell – Ima Hogg Competition

    All members of the TMF Orchestral Institute and the TMF College Piano Institute are eligible to compete in the Mitchell - Hogg Competition for cash prizes and a solo appearance with the Festival Orchestra and the Houston Symphony. Click here for information/requirements.
  • Cost

    Application fee: $40 (Due with application, non-refundable)
    Registration fee: $350 (Due on acceptance, non-refundable)

    Tuition: $3,000 value (All students receive significant merit-based scholarships based on audition)
    Room and Board: $1,540 value (All students receive significant merit-based housing scholarships based on audition)

2024 Preliminary Audition Requirements

  • 2024 Preliminary Audition Requirements

    Each instrument requires specific excerpts and solo requirements. Solos should be recorded without accompaniment. 

    Audition Requirements

  • Submitting Your Application/Audition

    The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute will accept applications and pre-recorded video auditions online only through our Acceptd application portal.  Applicants who wait to apply until the deadline (11:59 p.m. CST on March 9, 2024) may experience siginificant delays when uploading their audition materials.

    PLEASE NOTE: All auditions should be submitted as a single video file (audio-only files not accepted) and must present all audition repertoire in the order listed, in one continuous and unedited performance. If submitting excerpts on auxiliary instrument(s), you may pause the recording to prepare your instrument, but the submitted audition file should be only one file.

    Please ensure that your audition conforms strictly to these requirements.

  • Auxiliary Wind Instruments

    Specific excerpts may be listed for piccolo, English horn, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabassoon.  Auxiliary instrument auditions are not required for the preliminary auditions.  However, it is expected that auxiliary duties will rotate in each section: 

    • All flute participants should bring a piccolo, if you have one. 

    • All oboe participants should bring an English horn, if you have one, with reeds and reed-making equipment. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the instrument, if needed. 

    • In addition to B-flat and A instruments, all clarinet participants should bring E-flat and bass clarinets (if possible) and/or mouthpieces, if you have one. 

    • All bassoon participants should bring a contrabassoon, if available, with contrabassoon reeds and reed-making equipment. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the contrabassoon, if needed.

TMF Placement Auditions

For accepted 2024 TMF Orchestra Fellows: placement audition requirements coming April 15th.

Please direct any questions to Alan Austin at tmf@uh.edu

looking down from above at an orchestra rehearsal, conducted by Hans Graf