Deadlines to apply

February 7, 2019. You will automatically be considered for a scholarship if you apply before that date and if all of the audition material has been received.

April 4, 2019. Without a scholarship, acceptances according to available places.

Successful applicants will have to pay 50% of the fees within 14 days after the reception of the acceptance letter in order to reserve their place.

The full balance must be paid before May 2, 2019. In case of cancellation, the first payment is non-refundable. The second payment can be reimbursed if the student notifies the Admission Coordinator by e-mail at admissions@orford.mu, at the latest one month (30 days) before the first day of the stay. A $50 administration fee will then be deducted from the amount.

If a medical problem beyond your control prevents you from taking part in the Orford Music Academy, your deposit may be used for the subsequent year when a medical certificate is provided. However, you will have to go through the full audition process and be accepted again. If a scholarship was granted to you, it is not transferable to the following year.


  • tuition fees;
  • room in double occupancy;
  • meals at the Orford Music cafeteria;
  • access to concerts at the Orford Music Festival, subject to availability of tickets;
  • access to the training room.

Multi-level Rates:

The rate for a one-week stay is $1 020.
The rate for a two-week stay is $970 per week.
For three weeks or more, the rate is $920 per week.

Voice and Piano Duet

Multi-level Rates:

The rate for a one-week stay is $1020.
The rate for a two-week stay is $970 per week.
For three weeks or more, the rate is $920 per week.


Baroque Music
How to Reach your Full Potential
How to Win an Audition
How to Stand Out as a Chamber Musician


If you add one week of master class, the rate will be $945.
For a stay of three weeks or more, the rate is $895 per week.


Piano Trio
Orford Winds
Contemporary Music


If you add one or more weeks of master classes:
The rate will be $920 per week.

Eric Nowlin

On sabbatical in 2018

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

New Orford String Quartet


    Violist Eric Nowlin has recently been named Principal Violist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he will begin in the 2016-17 season. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Nowlin has been described by the Springfield (MO) News-Leader as “having a full, warm tone, expressive phrasing, and effortless technical command” and by the Santa Cruz Sentinel as “displaying the remarkable capabilities of the viola, with a rich tone and sensitive interpretive skills”.

    Past accomplishments include second prize in the 2006 Walter W. Naumburg competition, first prize in the 2003 Irving Klein International String Competition; first prize in the 2002 Hellam Young Artists Competition; grand prize in the 2001 Naftzger Young Artists Competition; and winner of the 2001 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition.

    Mr. Nowlin currently serves as Associate Principal Viola in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the New Orford String Quartet. Hailed by CBC as “Canada’s top string quartet”, the New Orford String Quartet has won several Opus awards, and was nominated for a Juno award in 2012. The quartet has recorded for Bridge records, Naxos Canada, and can be seen in a series of videos produced by CBC playing quartets by Beethoven, Brahms, and Haydn. The New Orford String Quartet has recently had successful debuts in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, and Dallas, and performs throughout Canada and the United States on a yearly basis.

    Mr. Nowlin’s performances have included solo engagements with the Juilliard Orchestra, Springfield Symphony in Missouri, Santa Cruz Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, and the Kumamoto Symphony in Japan, as well as recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and Mexico. He has been featured as soloist or chamber musician on radio on NPR, CBC, WQXR in New York, WGBH in Boston, WFMT in Chicago, as well as television programs in Wisconsin and California. He has participated in festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia. Previous chamber music appearances include performances with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City, as well as tours with Musicians from Marlboro and Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute.

    Mr. Nowlin has served as a guest principal with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland’s Citymusic, and New York City’s Metropolis Ensemble; and played as an extra with the New York Philharmonic from 2005-2008.

    In addition to solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances, Mr. Nowlin enjoys teaching at a variety of institutions. He is an Assistant Professor of Viola at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and has also taught at the Phil and Eli Taylor Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He spends time during the summer months teaching at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec, as well as several other festivals in Canada.

    Mr. Nowlin was chosen as the recipient of a Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation Grant in 2004, an award intended for the advancement of young artist’s performance careers. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Samuel Rhodes.

    Mr. Nowlin plays on a Neapolitan viola from 1910 made by Giovanni Pistucci.

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