Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Vianden International Music Festival & School?
A: The Vianden International Music Festival & School is an intensive two-weeks summer music program and concert series that gathers musicians from many countries. The Festival is an independent, self-sustained organization and is organized under the auspices of  Community of Vianden. The focal point of the School and Festival is Chamber music. We discourage those, who are interested exclusively in solo playing, to apply for the program.

Q: When is the application due?
A: The deadline for applications and Registration fee is January 31, 2017

Q: When is deposit due?
A: By March 1, 2017, upon  receipt of Notification of acceptance, due by February 25.

Q: Will applications be accepted after the deadline?
A: Yes, if student vacancies remain.The late fee will be applicable. We cannot guarantee full integration into chamber music activities of those who apply after deadline.

Q: How strict are the Deadlines

A: In the interest of all participants, and to secure a smooth and timely planning of the program, we have to adhere absolutely strictly to ALL Deadlines, with NO exception or deviation. In ALL cases 11:59 pm of Central European Time on the Deadline´s relevant day is a cut off point. The time by which the potential participant/visitor has ben invited or made a decision to register for the program has no impact upon  Deadlines or late fees, unless some special arrangements were made in advance.

Q: How strict are the late fees?

A: In general, as it is the case with Deadlines, late fees are strictly inforced and are not a subject to any negotiation. The only exceptions are  special arrangements  made in advance with the certain faculty in regard to his/her students.

All Late Payment Surcharges are applicable for all participants and visitors, regardless of the time the potential participant/visitor has been invited or made a decision to register for the program.

Q: Can I apply online?
A: Yes. The entire registration should be completed ONLINE (we no longer accept applications sent snail-mail), including recordings. Please answer all fields in the online application form. Mark all items you are submitting on the “Application checklist” before submitting it. If you do not submit some items, please explain. Remember that ONLY complete applications (all items on the “Checklist”) can be processed.

Q: How are the students selected for admission?
A: The selection criteria includes the student’s professional level and ability to fully participate in Chamber music activities , the repertoire and teacher´s recommendation. All auditions are by Video (for Singers) and Video/Audio (for instrumentalists) recordings only (youtube format is preferable, MP3/MP4 is acceptable ONLY in  a compressed format, under 1 MB in total).  Please DO NOT use any other format or huge files.

Q: Can you provide and example of audition recording program?
A: Your audition recording should contain two contrasting works of your choice. These may include a slow movement, a virtuoso piece, or two compositions from different historical periods, a set or two of vocal selections for the vocalists. The total length of your recording should be about 15 minutes.Pianists are required to submit one solo  and one chamber music selections.

Q: What age groups participate in the Festival?
A: There is no official restriction of the age. The students may range from 7 to 50+ and include particularly talented children, advanced high school, college and graduate students and amateur musicians, as well as young and mature professionals. All students under age 14 should be accompanied by a parent or a guardian!!!

Q: Where will I live and eat during the Festival?
A: The residence is arranged in  local hotels of Vianden (double occupancy), all of which are in walking distance to the  school facilities, where daily classes take place, as well as to the concert venues. Full breakfast is served at the respective hotels daily, lunch is held for all participants daily at Hotel Belle-vue. In the evening you are free to explore the local restaurants for a dinner or dine out of town if on day trip. You can find dining places in every price category, and the servings are usually very generous.

We kindly ask ALL Festival guests (participants and visitors) to refrain from direct contacting the hotels regarding any booking issues. This is sole responsibility of the festival. The visitors related to any Festival participant or faculty are requested not to use any of the internet search engines to book the accommodations but to follow the Festival´s clearly outlined “Passive participants” policy.

Q: Will I have an opportunity to perform?
A: Yes, we shall make every effort that all qualified students participate in the concerts. Practically all applicants, accepted to the program as Active performing students,  perform in chamber groups. Solo performing opportunities are limited and reserved for the most talented students. Since the focal point of the festival is Chamber music, students interested exclusively in solo playing are discouraged from applying.

Q: Is it possible to join the program without performing?

A: Absolutely. For those who applied after the registration has been closed or those who themselves do not feel quite to the performing level or were not admitted to the program as Active Parforming participants, we offer to join the program as Active NON-performing students. The detailed decsription of this status is on our website, sections “Program information” and “Deadlines and fees”

We also offer the “Passive participant” status for anybody who would like to observe all the classes and events of the Festival. The detailed information on that again can be found on our website, sections “Program information” and “Deadlines and fees”

Q: Will I need to bring my stand?
A: Yes, please bring your own stand.

Q: Do I need to bring any music scores?
A: In general, securing of the printed music is sole responsibility of the students. In case of an obscure repertoire, the music will be scan-emailed to the students. Singers will be provided with all the Music (in PDF format) they are assigned to perform.

If you plan to prepare repertoire with piano accompaniment or chamber music, you need to provide the scores.

Q: Can I rent a cello?

A: Yes, we can assist only with contact information  for violin shop in a German city Trier, which has some cellos for rent. The number of rental instruments is limited. If you want to rent  the instrument, you would need to get in touch with the shop on your own and discuss all logistics and  the arrangements yourself.  The son of the shop owner, Albert, speaks English. You may need to be persistant and follow through on your initial email or phone call.  The interested in cello rental may consider an option of one day early arrival and one day late departure to allow time needed to complete the logistics involved. Please have an understanding, that Festival carries no liability whatsoever in regard to this issue.

Here are the contact Details for the shop:

Josef & Albert Kling violin shop: albert.kling85@web.de, tel. +49-651- 48100 (shop), mobile (Albert): +49-163-4379844

Antoniusstr. 5, 54290 Trier; opening hours: Tues.-Friday 10 am-1 pm, 3 pm – 6 pm; Saturday – 10 am – 1 pm

Q: What kind of clothes should I bring?
A: Bring your normal summer clothes, a swimming suit if you like and some warm clothes, perhaps a sweater or a jacket. The weather in this part of the world is unpredictable. You may check the internet for a long-term forecast prior to your departure. Your concert clothes should contain the regular for group performances: white/black top, black bottom, black shoes. If you are scheduled to perform solo bring your favorite concert clothes. Long skirts are preferable to pants for females. The following clothes are not appropriate for evening concerts both if you perform or attend: tank tops, shorts, jeans, flip-flops. You might also want to bring an alarm clock with you.

Q: What can students do on free days?
A: Normally we have only one free day (consult the schedule). There will be no classes or concerts held on that day, so you may want to explore the lovely area of Vianden, swim in the local pool, go on day trip or perhaps visit nearby cities and tourist attractions. The festival offers an optional bus guided tour to Luxembourg city and the oldest German city of Trier. The trip will take entire day and costs 60 euro. The dinner on that day will be served at 19:30 (instead of lunch) at Hotel Belle-vue.

Q: Are scholarships available?
A: Yes, on a limited base. The scholarships are reserved for the outstanding and needy talents only. Eligible students should submit a written request along with teachers supportive letter and the most recent copy of their own or parents tax return. The scholarship money are distributed on first come first serve base. The early requests (but not before receiving  the Notification of acceptance) are advisable (strictly observed Deadline for requests is March 10, 12pm Central European Time). Scholarship requests can be considered ONLY if a participant submitted a complete application and paid the Registration fee and a  deposit. We cannot provide any advanced information about the possible amount of financial aid. Thank you for respecting and adhering to this policy.

Financial aid is contingent on performing certain tasks for the Festival as well as on full cooperation with Festival needs in regard to chamber music assignments and can be revoked, partially or completely if the recipient did not comply with these requirements.

Please explore your local community, including arts, religious or civic organizations, schools and private donors for alternate sources of financial aid. Private donors are entitled to receive a tax deduction receipt from the festival since we are a non-profit organization.

Q: Will I be able to play chamber music during the festival?
A: Absolutely. The focal point of the Festival is Chamber music. Pre-formed chamber groups are encouraged to apply, each member of preformed chamber group (at least three members) receives a 150 euro discount. The pre-formed chamber group should consist of at least three members and demonstrate a long term artistic collaboration.  All students will be receiving their  chamber assignments by June 15th and have to arrive to the festival ready for rehearsal the next day. Students must bring their solo and chamber music parts and scores since there is no music library on the location. Chamber groups will be coached by the festival faculty for performances.

Q: Can I use my debit or credit cards there?
A: There are banks in town where you can exchange currency, cash your travelers checks, get cash from ATM machine. It is recommended that you bring both debit and credit cards with you. The hotel may request your credit card information for eventually outstanding dues or services.

Q: Is there going to be any issue with the outlets for electronics?

A: European outlets, as well a the current (220v) are different from the American. Therefore, it is advisable to secure an Internation adapter.

Q: How can I get to Vianden?
A: Please remember that in the Grand Duchy four languages are used: Luxembourgish, French, German and English. You can find travel directions on the “Location and Travel” page of the festival’s website. The festival will organize a bus collecting service from Findel airport Luxembourg  to Vianden. After you made your travel arrangements, and if you wish to be integrated into our bus service, you need to fill out Transportation form and email it  to us. Since overseas flights do not fly directly into Luxembourg, you will need first fly into one of European capitals (Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zürich, Frankfurt) and then to Luxembourg.

Q: Do I need an insurance?
A: Absolutely. Every participant or guest is responsible for his/her own insurance. We also recommend to carry trip cancellation insurance, in case some unforseeable circumstances may prevent you from participation after you already paid for the program. Our Limits of responsibility policy clearly outlines that the Festival does not carry any responsibility for the loss occured through the any third party (airlines, embassies issuing visas, etc.)