Contemporary Ensemble


June 26 – August 6, 2023


Full Session: June 26 – August 6

Upcoming Deadline

December 1, 2023


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 available to classical instrumentalists 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

  • The Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship is awarded to a select group of musicians participating in the Contemporary Performance Program. To receive consideration, apply to the Contemporary Performance Program and indicate your interest in the fellowship option.
  • We have consolidated our application process for both student and fellowship applicants. Therefore, you may submit one application for consideration in both programs.
  • If your primary focus is not on contemporary music, we recommend applying to our Instrumental Program or Resident Artist Fellowship Programs. For a full list of available options, please see Available Programs list at the bottom of this page.
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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.

Available Programs

To receive consideration for fellowship, applicants must apply to one of the following programs.

  • All
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Tenor Trombone
  • Bass Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Percussion
  • Harp
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Soprano
  • Mezzo-Soprano
  • Alto
  • Contralto
  • Countertenor
  • Tenor
  • Baritone
  • Bass
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Contrabass