About The Institute

Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall

Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall

The Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) Institute is the educational component of the Mostly Modern Festival, offering a combination of intensive one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience. The institute is robust: more than 100 students & over 20 faculty members. There will be an orchestra, a choir, 4 chamber ensembles, masterclasses, lectures, and private lessons. The Institute is open to musicians 18 and older, and welcomes participants in all stages of their career. As part of the MMF community, participants make connections that will last a lifetime.

MMF takes place at Skidmore College at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Skidmore College is ideally located in Saratoga Springs, New York, three 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.

Instrumentalists  (up to 70 instrumentalists accepted) 

Vocalists (up to 60 vocalists accepted)

  • Perform in the American Modern Choir.
  • Work under the baton of Maestro Kent Tritle and Nicol Matt.
  • 4 rehearsals/coachings per week, dress rehearsals and 2 performances.
  • Access to all masterclasses, and a pass to everything at the festival.
  • Visit this page for details on the American Modern Choir.

Composers (up to 30 composers accepted)  

  • Receive a professional, live  performance from either the American Modern Ensemble, one of the three Guest Ensembles, or the American Modern Choir. (ensemble determined during the acceptance process).
  • Receive a promotional video link (video posted on the MMF YouTube page) and audio WAV file of your performance.
  • Professional ensembles work directly with composers in rehearsals, the dress and the performance.
  • Composers can also apply for an orchestral reading with the American Modern Orchestra.
  • All composers receive lessons/meetings with the Composition Faculty.
  • Two composers will be chosen to a have their work performed by the American Modern Orchestra.
  • Access to all masterclasses, and a pass to everything at the festival.

Conductors (up to 8 conductors accepted)

All 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). 

In addition to the festival's  public performances, there will be two "ad hoc" 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.