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January 4 - 9, 2016 

Winter Workshop brings participants in the beginning stages of professional careers from throughout the world to Greenville, NC, to perform and interact with Four Seasons guest artists and East Carolina University faculty artists. The first season brought 19 participants chosen from over 150 applicants for this focused six-day setting. Four Seasons looks forward to welcoming this season’s participants (announced in November) and to presenting them in concerts with our Winter Workshop faculty artists. 


CONCERTS - Free Admission

January 8th, 2016 7p.m.
January 9th, 2016 1p.m.
January 9th, 2016 4p.m.

A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall - Greenville
Winter Workshop Sponsors and Hosts are invited to an additional program and event on January 6th at 7:00p.m.


Faculty Artists and Festival Participants Perform Together in Ensembles 
The second season of Winter Workshop brings musicians from throughout the world to Greenville, NC to collaborate and perform chamber music alongside world-renowned professionals in a focused six-day setting.  Each festival participant will be in at least one chamber music ensemble that includes faculty artists.  Every participant will have at least two chamber music ensembles and will perform In the concerts at the culmination of the workshop (January 8 and 9). Participants will also have the opportunity to play in master classes (solo and/or chamber music) and to participate in seminars that are relevant to their life as a musician. 

Piano: Robert McDonald, Keiko Sekino
Violin: Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim
Viola: Hsin-Yun Huang
Cello: Emanuel Gruber, Michael Kannen

Important Dates:
Application Deadline: October 19, 2015
Application Results: Mid-November
Program Dates: January 4 - 9, 2016 

Ages 16 to 28
Piano, violin, viola, cello 
Preformed ensembles consisting of these instruments may also apply
For preformed ensembles, members of the group may exceed the age of 28 as long as the average age of the group does not exceed 28

All participants receive a full scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board

Travel Supplement
From within North America - up to 400 USD
From outside North America - up to 800 USD
Cello airfare will also be covered up to the same amounts

Audition Requirements
Concerti recordings must be accompanied

A movement from a Bach solo sonata or partita
A significant movement from a standard violin concerto
(If the applicant chooses Shostakovich Concerto No.1, only third and fourth movements together qualify)
A prelude from a Bach cello suite
A significant movement from a standard concerto
A prelude from a Bach cello suite 
A significant movement from a standard concerto 
A movement from a Classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)
A piece of the applicant's choice 
(Individual movements suffice for multi-movement works)
Preformed Ensembles:
A movement from a Classical work (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)
A piece of the ensemble's choice
(Individual movements suffice for multi-movement works)

To Apply
1.) Complete online application (including links to recordings - can be audio or video, but video is preferred) It is recommended that the applicant post unlisted links
2.) Submit two letters of recommendation
3.) Submit c.v/resume
  • For preformed ensembles, all members of the group must submit individual applications
  • For preformed ensembles, two letters of recommendation addressing the specific ensemble satisfies this requirement.  Applicants need not submit two letters of recommendation each.
  • Applicants are welcome to apply as both individuals and as a preformed ensemble, but must submit two applications. 
Materials should be submitted via email to fourseasons@ecu.edu

Additional Information About Winter Workshop 2015
  • Participants are housed with host families 
  • Participants can arrive at one of two airports: Greenville, North Carolina (PGV) or Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
  • Transportation to/from RDU/PGV is provided by Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival
  • Events take place at A.J. Fletcher Music Center on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC
  • Participants arrive on January 3rd and depart January 10th
John Holloway, managing director


Winter Workshop

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