The Miami Music FestivalEmily Ward
Performance opportunities are abundant in Miami. But there is one performance opportunity that is second to none: The prestigious Miami Music Festival. Providing affordable, world-class musical instruction and ground-breaking performance experiences to young artists and to the South Florida region is the marvelous Miami Music Festival’s mission!
Since its 2014 inception, Miami Music Festival has been proud to establish Miami as a premier destination for elite young classical musicians to train and perform. While the next generation of classical artists come to Miami to receive instruction from an assembly of world-class faculty, the community benefits from accessible public concerts featuring top talent alongside many of classical music’s greatest living performers, playing repertoire rarely heard in South Florida.
With training institutes in Orchestra, Opera, Piano, and Conducting, the Miami Music Festival development also includes a pre-college program, a pioneering Career Institute and a Professional Division incorporating the Miami Wagner Institute. The Miami Music Festival receives nearly 1,500 international applicants each year. Around 300 are selected through a rigorous audition process. The Miami Music Festival has welcomed students and faculty from over 25 countries and many of the world’s most esteemed music institutions. The festival attracts internationally sought-after performers and teaching-artists eager to identify and cultivate the pre-professional careers of talented young musicians.
In three short seasons, the festival expanded to eight full weeks of programming, presenting over 70 public events each summer, including five full opera productions, three symphonic concerts, and seven student and faculty recitals. Plus: 20 opera, chamber music, Zarzuela and Musical theater concerts, and 30 masterclasses. Furthermore, the Miami Music Festival is dedicated to engaging local youth and Miami’s underserved neighborhoods using successful outreach, community partnerships and offering accessible events and tickets to them.
After unprecedented growth in its first three years, the Miami Music Festival continues to expand programming, increase community outreach, and create unique classical opportunities that bring pride to its vibrant and cultured city. The Miami Music Festival has become an international destination for young artists preparing for the rigors of the professional music industry. It is a very welcome addition to South Florida’s blossoming cultural dynamic. 2016’s creation of the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute added a professional division to the festival, giving the next generation of Wagnerian singers a place to hone their craft. Side benefit?: providing South Florida audiences the opportunity to experience Wagner’s music.
Expanding Institutes in Orchestra, Opera, Piano, Composition, and Conducting invite the next generation of artists from around the world to take the stage in exhilarating, dynamic, and frequently career-changing performances. Each program is designed to bring out the best in every artist while preparing students for evolving demands in the professional world where they will need greater flexibility than ever before. During the festival, students move quickly from symphony performances to opera, chamber music concerts, and even competitions, all requiring adaptability, determination, and dedication. Collectively, the Miami Music Festival provides an intense, challenging, and stimulating artistic environment.
Miami is a strong musical center during most of the year, but holding the Miami Music Festival during the slow summer season expands the city’s cultural landscape when the culturally rich metropolis of Miami is all but void of classical music. Providing new performances and hosting training opportunities in the “off-season” has reminded audiences that there really is no “off-season” where talent is concerned. Building upon a foundation of success, the marvelous Miami Music Festival is poised for many more encore seasons!
To find out more about the Miami Music Festival, you can visit miamimusicfestival.com.