Some of the guidelines for our regular season program may have changed since last season, so please look over the rules carefully.
Participant Eligibility & Repertoire
The regular program of the American Fine Arts Festival is open to Instrumentalists and vocalists of all nationalities, K-12, college-level and amateur adults. Participants must perform one piece or one song from the standard repertoire. Each piece must be a minimum of 16 measures in length. Auditions and performances must not exceed 10 minutes. Auditions/performances that exceed the maximum performance time will be considered ineligible. Performers are required to perform from memory.
Please note that AFAF does not provide accompanists for auditions. Wherever possible, participants are encouraged to provide their own accompanist.
There are two ways of auditioning for the regular program of the American Fine Arts Festival: through in-person auditions at one of our audition locations (Massachusetts, California, and Bejing, China) or, for those students unable to make it to a live audition — by submitting a video recording by mail. Teachers will be notified of their students’ audition results via email within two weeks of the last audition date. more ››
Winners’ Concerts & Awards
Participants who pass the auditions will be invited to perform in one of our Winners’ Concerts, to be held in March-November, 2017 in New York City . Concert dates will be announced within two weeks of the last audition date. Festival winners chosen to perform in our Winners’ Concert series will be awarded Certificates of Excellence. Teachers will be awarded Recognition Diplomas. In addition, winners will be provided with five complimentary tickets to their recital. Teachers will be notified of audition results by email.
Presented in Association with the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation
The American Fine Arts Festival, in association with the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation (Moscow, Russia), is once again awarding a special prize to exceptional young participants of our regular season festival program. In addition to a special recital at Carnegie Hall, the prize includes five nights room and board in Moscow for the prize winner as well as one accompanying adult. While in Russia’s capital, the prize winner will have the opportunity to give a recital in Moscow (May-June, 2016, dates and venues TBA), participate in a master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty, as well as take advantage of various excursions around Moscow.
Please note that the prizes do not include air travel — winners will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
Winners’ Concerts — Venues & Dates
Winners’ Concerts for the 2016-2017 Regular Season Program of the American Fine Arts Festival are currently scheduled to take place between December 2016 – November 2017, in the following venues: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and Dicapo Opera Theatre Concert Hall. Please note that other venues or extra concert dates may be announced later in the season. Winners will be provided with five complimentary tickets to their recital.
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Concert Dates: June 25, 2017 at 1 and 6pm, September 24, October 7, October 14 at 1pm
Address: 154 West 57th Street, NY, NY
Recital Fee: $350*. This fee includes participation in the concert, five guest tickets, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
The Recital fee for ensembles is $250/person.
*Time limit for performance is 7 minutes.
The Bruno Walter AuditoriumConcert Dates: TBA
at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, NY, NY
Recital Fee: $330. This fee includes participation in the concert, four complimentary seats, 4 digital pictures, Certificate of Excellence and Diploma of Recognition for the teacher.
The Recital fee for ensembles is $230/person.
The application fee is
One piece 5 minutes or less – $100
One or two pieces 10 minutes limit – $150
Ensemble member 7 minutes limit – $75/ensemble member
Please make checks payable to Art & Music Unlimited, and send it to American Fine Arts Festival, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733.
Application and recital fees are non-refundable.
If auditioning by mail, applications and audition videotapes/DVDs must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2017. Please note that due to the large number of submissions, audition tapes/DVDs will not be reviewed or returned. Audition results will be announced on this website on or after June 10, 2017.
All applications for in-person auditions: TBA
Please send all written inquiries, payments, video tapes/DVDs and applications to:
American Fine Arts Festival, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733.