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.



Interview with
Sara Davis Buechner

Please tell us about this program.
The recital I will play at Orford Music is a reprise of a concert I gave last year at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. Given in connection with my 30 years’ association with the Yamaha Piano, it was a program exploring the range of Japanese piano music of the 20th century, both at the keyboard and around it.

What made you think of integrating mime into the project?
Because of the intimate feeling of the smaller Carnegie Recital Hall, I felt it was a good visual space to explore, and asked my dear friend Yayoi Hirano to join me as a special guest on that occasion. Yayoi is an unusual and unique artist, who combines aspects of both the Noh and Kabuki style of Japanese dance with the use of her own carved masks. With ten of these expressive masks, she choreographed the ten short pieces of Jacques Ibert’s Histoires.

Jacques Ibert is a French composer. What was it that made you feel his music might work with Japanese dance?
It was the very spartan quality of this French music that made me instantly think of Yayoi’s Japanese precision, in imagining a worthy dance realization of the score. Yayoi Hirano’s choreographic interpretation of these pieces brings a fresh and immediate visual reality to these ten piano miniatures. The story characters themselves are realized in the faces of Ms. Hirano’s masks, but their personalities are even more vividly fleshed out in her body movements and rhythmic translation of the music’s mood.

Connecting the piano to both dance and film has been my own offbeat but most-beloved form of chamber music, and my work with Yayoi has been some of the most rewarding of my artistic life.

And what about the rest of the program?
The unusual connection of French and Japanese music is further explored with the inclusion of Kouji Taku’s Variations on a Theme of Poulenc. The balance of the program includes Yoshinao Nakada’s wartime-influenced Piano Sonata of 1946 and Ten Etudes commissioned by myself from composer Yukiko Nishimura.

Both Yayoi and I are so delighted to bring this concert to Orford Music and we hope it will be a unique and enjoyable evening!


Sara Davis Buechner,
pianist & professor