The Next Festival of Emerging Artists 2021 Virtual Festival:
Now Accepting Applications

We are putting together a virtual festival to be held from June 8-July 1, 2021, with great guest artists, masterclasses, workshops and virtual collaborations, including our Composer/Choreographer Workshop with S. Ama Wray and Derek Bermel.

The festival will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with opportunities for performance, collaborations and interaction with our guest artists. In addition, we’re keeping our eyes and ears out for any opportunity to make music together in person, as health guidance evolves. Stay tuned!

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings: guest artists, workshops, masterclasses, and virtual collaboration opportunities.
Wednesdays: Composer/Choreographer Workshop, with faculty Derek Bermel and S. Ama Wray – check out last year’s festival finale here.

We invite instrumentalists, ages 20-30, on any instrument, to apply. As in 2020, we will not be charging tuition, but relying on the generosity of donors to underwrite the festival expenses. Application deadline is May 1.

Upcoming Next Fest Connects Online Events

Events are free and open to the public  |   
Watch previous workshop videos

Deliberate Practice with Jason Haaheim

How a Framework of Deliberate Practice Confers Diverse Skills for Unstable Times with Jason Haaheim
Thursday, April 22, 7:30-9 PM ET
details & registration

Jason Haaheim was appointed Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2013. In addition to performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Mr. Haaheim can be seen and heard performing with the MET Orchestra on television, international radio, and Live in HD movie theater broadcasts. A sought-after clinician, Mr. Haaheim gives masterclasses internationally and is a frequent coach for The Orchestra Now (TON) and the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra (NYO).

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins

Masterclass with Kelly Hall-Tompkins
Thursday, April 29, 7-8:30 PM ET
details & registration

Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize and featured in the Smithsonian Museum for African-American History, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a violin soloist entrepreneur who has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive,” for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine) and as The New York Times’ “New Yorker of the Year.” As founder of Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a pioneer of social justice in classical music, bringing top artists to over 100 concerts coast to coast in homeless shelters from New York to Los Angeles and internationally in Paris.

Elaine Grogan Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts

Arts Funding & the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, May 4, 5-6:30 PM ET
details & registration

Through Minerva Financial Arts, a company Elaine Grogan Luttrull founded in 2009, she works to build financial literacy in creative individuals and organizations through education and coaching. Her work focuses on empowerment above all else, connecting financial decisions with creative goals. She serves just over 1,000 people per year through workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions, and her goal is to make all creative individuals both financially empowered and creatively free.

Behind The Scenes Documentary

Composer/Choreographer Workshop


With Gracious Support From

The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund   •   The Amphion Foundation   •   The Williamson Foundation • The Heineman Foundation