Woodwinds @ Round Top Summer Festval

<p>Hi Folks,</p>

<p>Wonder if anyone might be able to comment on the summer music festival at Round Top (International Festival at Round Top Texas) with regard to:</p>

<pre><code> 1. Performance opportunity
2. Training and skill level of applicants, and particularly...
3. The woodwind program, as regards oboe and english horn


<p>I know this is rather specific, but any responses will be deeply appreciated.</p>

<p>Thanks in advance...</p>

<p>I don't know if you're looking at it from the point of deciding whether to go, or whether to apply. This year's apps are closed.</p>

<p>Expect quality of Aspen, MAW, Verbier type experience and ability.</p>

<p>A lot of overview is detailed here <a href="http://www.festivalhill.org/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=52%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.festivalhill.org/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=52&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>It's a long standing full scholarship festival. It's geared towards college age conservatory level students, grad, prepros and emerging pros. The audition pages lists last year's off-site live audition venues. From the list, the auditions are centered at the hotbeds of high level instruction.</p>

<p>Assume competition from Juilliard, NEC, Eastman, Oberlin, Rice, SF Conservatory and other high quality programs as well as those from other schools.</p>

<p>Faculty is listed, drawn from Dallas, Houston and other major symphonies, as well as distinguished instructional professionals. </p>

<p>I can't specifically address chamber or performance opportunity but the overview will give you an idea. My son did not have personal experience there.</p>

<p>Thanks Violadad... Daughter has been accepted there for this summer and is attempting to decide whether to attend. From your comments it sounds as though she probably should.</p>

<p>Regards, drd</p>

<p>My only other comment would be if you have similar quality acceptances, it might boil down to faculty preference.</p>

<p>Other than timing, I can think of no other reason not to go.</p>

<p>Congrats to D.</p>

<p>My S's friend went for oboe - I think it was not last summer but the summer before. Has a great reputation, and S considered applying there this summer, but ultimately chose not to for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the program itself.</p>