School of Music

Winter Workshop 2017

January 3-8, 2017 

A destination for the world’s most promising young musicians, Winter Workshop brings participants from throughout the world to Greenville, NC, to perform and interact with the world’s leading musicians. Winter Workshop 2016 brought 29 participants (chosen from over 180 applicants) from eight countries and leading conservatories worldwide for this focused six-day setting. Winter Workshop culminates in three concerts of different programs. 

Application Information

Application Fee: $50

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: Leon Fleisher, Keiko Sekino
Violin: Ara Gregorian, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian
Viola: Hsin-Yun Huang, Steven Tenenbom 
Cello: Colin Carr, Emanuel Gruber, Michael Kannen

Important Dates
Application Deadline: November 4, 2016
Application Results: Mid-November
Program Dates: January 3-8, 2017
Travel Dates: Arrive January 2, Depart January 9

Piano, violin, viola, cello
Ages 16 to 28 for individuals
Pre-formed ensembles consisting of these instruments may also apply
The average age of members of a pre-formed group must be between 16 and 30 at the application deadline.
Individual applicants may attend 3 years total, but not more than two consecutive years as an individual applicant. 
Pre-formed ensembles can attend a maximum of two years. 
The maximum number of years a participant can come is 5 (3 individual and 2 as a pre-formed group). 
If a participant attends the workshop for the first time at age 28, they may return the following year if admitted, despite exceeding the age limit. 

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
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. 

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 (This piece can not be a concerto unless it is accompanied by an orchestra)
(Individual movements suffice for multi-movement works)

Pre-formed 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. Pay the $50 Application Fee by clicking here. 
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation and c.v./resume
  • For pre-formed ensembles, all members of the group must submit individual applications
  • The application fee is $50 for a pre-formed ensemble. 
  • For pre-formed 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 pre-formed 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