Contemporary Ensemble


June 24 – August 4, 2024


Full Session: June 24 – August 4

Upcoming Deadline

July 31, 2024


Colby College
Waterville, ME

Contemporary work premiere performance

The AMF Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship seeks to identify and support musicians deeply committed to promoting new and contemporary music. As a resident ensemble of the festival, the members have the unique opportunity to collaborate with the festival's composer community, consisting of over 40 composers, throughout the festival season.

Each fellow receives a stipend of $800 and complete financial coverage of tuition, housing, and meals during the six weeks of residency, allowing them to focus on their artistic growth and development free from financial burden.

The fellows' primary responsibility is to premiere the works of these composers, giving them an unparalleled opportunity to work closely with a thriving community of artists. Furthermore, fellows have frequent opportunities to collaborate with artist-faculty members, perform as featured artists in our concerts, and as members of our orchestra.

Open to instrumentalists, the Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for emerging musicians to collaborate and perform at the forefront of contemporary music while acquiring the experience necessary to enter the new music world.

Details and Eligiblity

  • The Fellowship program provides complete financial coverage for tuition, housing, and meals for the six-week residency.
  • A stipend of $800 is awarded to each fellow upon successful completion of the festival season.
  • The number of fellowships awarded each year through the AMF Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship may vary, as it depends on the needs of the program. However, up to 40 fellowships are awarded across the festival annually to emerging artists who demonstrate exceptional musical talent and a strong commitment to their craft.
  • Fellowship applicant must be 18 or older and be in attendance for the duration of the festival season. AMF does not permit late arrivals, early departures, or absences. Fellows are required to be available for performance every day during the residency.
  • The Fellowship Program is open to applicants in the Instrumental Program and Piano Institute and Seminar who demonstrate a strong commitment to contemporary music. Applicants are chosen based on merit and the needs of the program.
  • During the festival season, fellows are expected to contribute up to 2 hours per day in assisting with the administrative needs of the program.

Application Process

  • To be considered for the Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship, apply to the Instrumental Program or Piano Institute and Seminar. Fellowship applicants will be automatically considered for both the Resident Artist Fellowship and Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship based on their portfolio submission.
  • We have consolidated our application process for both student and fellowship applicants. Therefore, you may submit one application for consideration in both programs.
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A new music violin performance with computer projection

The AMF Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship was formed with the express purpose of identifying and nurturing musicians with extraordinary dedication to advancing the music of our time.