Collegiate Orchestra Institute

Summer Collegiate Orchestra Institute

Postponed until Summer 2022

At this uncertain time, the safety of our students and community is of paramount importance. In that spirit, the inaugural year of the Collegiate Orchestra Institute is postponed until summer 2021.

Over a 4-week period starting on TBD, the Collegiate Orchestra Institute will offer rehearsals, sectionals, and master classes with virtuoso string players, giving students the opportunity to advance their skills and form collegial relationships with other developing professionals. A culminating performance will take place on TBD.

“Every serious college music student finds that high quality festival experiences during the summer months lead to tremendous growth,” Conservatory Associate Dean of Programs and Director of the Collegiate Orchestra Institute, Nicole Peragine, said. “This is a wonderful chance to further prepare for their professional musical experiences beyond the early years of college.”

Master Classes

1) How to Prepare Excerpts for Auditions
2) How to Prepare Concertos
3) Strategic Practice
4) Panel Discussion: 21st Century Careers in Music

Application and Audition Requirements:

*Minimum Age – Must be a Graduating High School Senior who will be a matriculated music student in the fall.
*Completed Application (Application below)
*Audition Video – Excerpt from 2 contrasting movements of a sonata or a concerto of your choice (selections do not need to be from the same work). Maximum of 10 minutes.
*Recordings must be recent: made no more than four months prior to application.
*Each excerpt or work must be played through without stopping.
*Please label each upload with the name of the work. *DO include your name.
*We recommend listening to your recordings prior to uploading.
*A piano accompanist is NOT required for your audition


As a college student, I had to make the difficult choice not to audition for major festivals because working was a necessity. Options for students like me, who wanted to be challenged but needed to work, just didn’t exist. The Music Conservatory of Westchester is launching the Collegiate Orchestra Institute in order to provide that option.

As a dedicated music student, you will be able to participate in a high-quality summer festival while maintaining your summer job. You’ll make an investment in your professional development and form bonds with your peers, all without taking on insurmountable debt.

Here at the MCW Collegiate Orchestra Institute, we are committed to help you achieve your goals and further develop your vision for your future.

Nicole Peragine
Music Conservatory of Westchester
Associate Dean for Programs, Director of Orchestras

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To refer a student or for more information, please contact Associate Dean, Nicole Peragine:


    Video Instruction:
    Please announce your name at the beginning of the video
    Please state the composer, title, and movements of your selected excerpts

    Upload your video audition here (.mp4 or .avi format accepted):

    Or copy and paste a link to your audition video here: