• Receive a fully-professional, live performance from: American Modern Ensemble, Euclid String Quartet, Atlantic Brass Quintet & one more ensemble TBA
  • Up to 20 composers can receive an orchestral reading of a piece (or excerpt or movement from a larger work) up to 7 minutes in duration with the American Modern Orchestra.
  • Three composers will be chosen to a have their work fully-rehearsed and performed by the American Modern Orchestra.
  • Go home with top-of-the-line 4 camera-shot video (video posted on the MMF YouTube page) and audio WAV file of your performance.
  • Professional ensembles work intimately with composers in rehearsals, the dress and the performance.
  • Private lessons/meetings with the Composition Faculty. (Meetings/lessons are generally taught in pairs with two composition participants per hour. Additional meetings/lessons available at the discretion of the composition faculty.)
  • Access to all masterclasses, and a VIP pass to everything at the festival, including opening and closing night parties


    All Zankel Hall performances are recorded and fully edited for participants: both audio and video. Composers and conductors receive audio WAV files and links to polished videos of their performances (shot with 4 cameras) posted on MMF's YouTube channel. Composers who take part in the orchestral readings receive un-edited audio recordings of their readings (editing available for an additional fee). 

    There are three or more chamber concerts that will provide an opportunity for participants and faculty to showcase modern repertoire of their choice. Performers will be given guidelines and may submit proposals for pieces they'd like to play. Works will be chosen on a first-come first-serve basis, based on time and programming considerations. 

    Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information and for answers to questions not covered here.

    Mostly Modern Festival is a division of American Modern Ensemble, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

    About The Institute

     Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College Photo By: Timothy Miller

    Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College Photo By: Timothy Miller

    The Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) Institute is the educational component of the Mostly Modern Festival, offering one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience. The institute accepts over 80 students and have over 30 faculty members. There is  an orchestra, 4 chamber ensembles, masterclasses, lectures, and private lessons. The Institute is open to musicians 18 to infinity—we welcome people in ALL stages of their career.

    MMF takes place at Skidmore College at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Skidmore College is ideally located in Saratoga Springs, New York, 3 hours by car from NYC, Boston, Philadelphia and Montreal. All public performances take place at the stunning Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, a 600-seat acoustically tuned space.


    •  Play 3 orchestra concerts: perform alongside top NYC & LA faculty
    • Receive private lessons from performance faculty.
    • Audition for Concerto Competition (choose a work 20th Century onward) 2 to 3 winners chosen to perform with AMOrchestra in 2020
    • Perform in a chamber ensemble concerts where you choose your repertoire.
    • Access to all masterclasses, and a VIP pass to everything, including opening and closing night parties 
    • Check this page for American Modern Orchestra instrumentation.


    • Conduct the American Modern Ensemble
    • Conduct the orchestra readings of the American Modern Orchestra. Readings mentored by the Faculty Conductors and Composition Faculty.
    • 3 conductors will be chosen to perform and conduct the American Modern Orchestra, one each week.  
    • Group seminar with all conductor faculty members.
    • Receive top-of-the-line 4 camera-shot video (link to video posted on the MMF YouTube page) of your performance(s) at the festival.
    • Access to all masterclasses, and a VIP pass to everything at the festival including opening and closing night parties


    • Perform opera scenes, arias and celebrated song cycles from the 20th & 21st century
    • Receive private lessons/coaching with a vocal faculty members and work with stage directors
    • Rehearsals and coaching during the week, dress rehearsal and performances
    • Access to all masterclasses, and a  VIP pass to everything, including opening and closing night parties 

    Composers (up to 30 composers accepted)  

     Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall

    Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall