School of Music

Winter Workshop 2017

January 3 - 8, 2017

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. Winter Workshop 2016 brought 29 participants from 8 countries, chosen from over 180 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 7th, 2017 3 p.m.
January 7th, 2017 7 p.m.
January 8th, 2017 3 p.m.

A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall - Greenville

Winter Workshop Sponsors and Hosts and Four Seasons donors at the patron level ($1000) 
 and above are invited to Winter Celebration, a concert and event on January 4th at 7:00 p.m.

Application Information

Apply Online - Participants

Internship Information

Guest Artists

Faculty Artists and Festival Participants Perform Together in Ensembles

The third 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 public concerts at the culmination of the workshop (January 7 and 8). 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.

Faculty Artists
Piano: Keiko Sekino
Violin: Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim
Viola: Hsin-Yun Huang, Steven Tenenbom 
Cello: Colin Carr, Emanuel Gruber, Michael Kannen

Important Dates:
Application Deadline: October 21, 2016
Application Results: Mid-November
Program Dates: January 3 - 8, 2017

Ages 16 to 28 for individuals; for preformed groups, the average age of the group can not exceed 30 at the application deadline. 
Piano, violin, viola, cello
Preformed ensembles consisting of these instruments may also apply
Individual applicants may attend 3 years total, but not more than two consecutive years as an individual applicant. 
Preformed ensembles can attend a maximum of two years. 

All participants receive a full scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board. There is no application fee. 

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
To be eligible to receive an international travel supplement, the participant must be currently living in that country and not a student at a United States institution. 
Group travel limits are cumulative 

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

Additional Information About Winter Workshop 2017
  • 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 the 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 2nd and depart January 9th
John Holloway, managing director
Phone: 252-328-6019