How To Apply (2019)

January 10, 2019

Greetings and happy New Year!  To submit your application to participate in the 2019 Gateways Music Festival – August 6th through 11th – in Rochester, NY. , we ask that you go to this link and fill out and submit the brief form located there.

Participation in Gateways is currently limited to orchestral instruments, including piano.  If you sing or play a non-orchestral instrument, we ask that you please share this invitation to apply with other musicians in your network.  Thank you!

Below, please find some general information about Gateways Music Festival and, below that, more specific information about the 2019 Festival.

Please let us know if you have questions or need any additional information at info@gatewaysmusicfestival.org.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2019.  Notifications will be sent shortly after the deadline.

Best wishes,

Alexander Laing
Principal Clarinet, The Phoenix Symphony
Principal Clarinet, Gateways Music Festival Orchestra
Chair, Gateways Music Festival Artistic Programs Committee
Lee Koonce
President & Artistic Director
Gateways Music Festival

About Gateways Music Festival

The mission of Gateways is to connect and support professional classical musicians of African descent and enlighten and inspire communities through the power of performance.  Each Festival gathers upwards of 125 black musicians ‒ from North America, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America ‒ to Rochester, NY for six days of orchestra and chamber music performances in more than 50 concert halls and community venues.  Participants have included members of orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony (among many others) and faculty from leading conservatories and schools of music.

Here is a short, 4.5 minute video overview of the Festival.  https://youtu.be/7lfEbRr1NLc


About the 2019 Festival

Repertoire:  Music Director Michael Morgan and the musicians of the Artistic Programs Committee are finalizing the orchestra repertoire choices, but in keeping with our tradition and mission, programming will feature and highlight works by composers of African descent along with works by other great composers.  Our 2019 featured composer is Florence B. Price and we’ll perform her 3rd Symphony and many of her chamber works throughout the festival.

Travel, Lodging and Meals:  Gateways will cover the cost of your travel to and from Rochester and provide lodging (double room, but singles are available for a small additional fee) at Rochester’s Holiday Inn Downtown.  Two meals per day are provided with lunch usually on your own.

Honorarium:  Gateways provides a modest honorarium, which we recognize is small compared to your usual fee.  We are working hard to grow the organization so that we can offer more in the future.  While the monetary compensation is yet to reach the level we would like, we are proud of the non-monetary compensation the Festival offers to its participants – a unique opportunity to connect with the field of classical musicians of African descent for renewal, inspiration and joyful music making.

Orchestra:  $350

Chamber Music*:  $300

*For all chamber music performances.