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Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2020.
Deadline for submission is February 15 , 2020.
Applicants will be notified of selections by April 15, 2020


Violinists, violists, and cellists who have completed grades 8 through 12.


Tuition for the 10 day institute is $1800.00.  A nonrefundable fee of $50.00 is due with your application.

What to submit

1 – Application

2 – Payment (If paying by check, please make payable to the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra)

3 – Audition Video – See instructions below

4 – Teacher Recommendation – Please have the teacher email recommendation to [email protected]  Please have the student name on the subject line.

5- Student Bio – to include (please limit to one page):
          -Recent Solo Repertoire
          -Chamber Music Experience (Repertoire, Groups, Programs, Coaches)
          -Previous Summer Festivals

6 – Tax return if applying for financial aid.

Audition Repertoire

Please submit a video of two contrasting works of your choice which represent your highest level of performance.

Pre-formed groups can submit an additional video of one or more movements, but must also apply as individuals.

Please submit your video as a YouTube Link to a public or unlisted video file (NOT PRIVATE) and include the link on your registration form.
You may also send the link/video via email if it was not available when you first registered.

How to submit

We prefer that you submit your application materials to us electronically to: [email protected]
If necessary to mail your application, please send it to:

Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute
c/o Judy Gimbel
5 Hummingbird Court
Hilton Head Island, SC  29926

Please use a US mail service that does NOT require a signature confirmation.
(If paying by check, please make payable to the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra)

The deadline for electronic submissions and postmark date for mailed materials is February 15, 2020. 
We will confirm receipt of application materials by email, within 24 hours.

Financial Aid

Will you require financial aid?
If so, please send the first two pages of last year’s federal tax return electronically to [email protected] see mailing instructions above. Please redact any social security numbers.

All materials supplied in your application become the property of the HHCMI. They will be used for evaluating your application.  None of the materials will be returned to you. Tax returns will be kept private and destroyed after financial aid decisions have been made.


Hilton Head Island is known for hosting artists from around the world for numerous, year-round cultural activities. Our experienced host families will provide artist housing, two to a home, with breakfast and transportation to and from the SoundWaves venue.

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