Frequently Asked Questions

The Summer Student Festival, formerly known as Tuned In!, presents students with a unique opportunity to explore chamber music by working with a professional string quartet. Directed by Skyros Quartet, the festival is an incomparable week-long musical learning experience for middle school, high school, and college students.

Highlights!

  • Skyros Quartet Recital Tuesday, July 11, 5-6 pm. Students, family, and friends are invited to this complimentary performance
  • Master Class featuring a Guest Artist from the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) Summer Festival
  • Daily theater arts and musicianship classes
  • Yoga for musicians
  • Access to a SCMS concert at Benaroya Hall

Q: Tuition Discounts and Financial Assistance – how do they work?

A: Register early (by April 15) and take advantage of our $50 Early Bird Tuition Discount. Or, bring a friend to get a $50 discount for the enrolled student who originates the referral of another participating student. Only one discount may be applied toward tuition.

Tuition Assistance is available to all attendees based on income and need criteria without discrimination due to race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Complete the Festival Registration Form and the Tuition Assistance Application by June 1. Awardees will be notified by June 15. The Tuition Assistance Application is available here.

Q: What is the plan for Covid-19 safety?

A: The Festival is for fully vaccinated attendees. Our requirement includes both a primary vaccine series AND a booster dose at least 2 weeks prior to the Festival. Documentation of Covid-19 vaccination will be required for all participants and guests. We will follow current safety guidelines established by Washington State and the King County Public Health Department. These may be updated as July approaches.

Q: When and where can drivers drop off/pick up students on campus?

A: The Festival takes place at the Seattle Waldorf High School located at 7777 62nd Avenue NE Seattle, WA 98115. Access is via the north entrance to Magnuson Park on Sand Point Way and NE 74th St. Enter the Park, turn left at 63rd Ave NE, left at NE 77th St and right onto 62nd Ave NE. Continue under the bridge to the school. There is no access from NE NOAA Drive. Drivers can easily drop off students or park as there is ample free parking. Students should plan to arrive at 8:45 am and leave at 4:30 pm except for Tuesday and Saturday. Tuesday, students should plan to stay for the Skyros recital, 5-6 pm. On Saturday, students will arrive at 11 am. The final Student Concert will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by a reception hosted by the Board of Chamber Music Guild.

Q: What should students wear during the week of the Festival?

A: During the week, participants should wear comfortable clothing, as there will be some activities that will involve physical activity.

For the final Student Concert, students should wear performance attire: a dress, skirt with blouse or formal shirt, or slacks with blouse or formal shirt. No low-cut tops, and if wearing a dress or skirt, it must be knee-length or longer. Fabrics should not be sheer/see-through. Students can choose to wear nice slacks (no jeans) and a button-down shirt, dress shoes and socks. A suit jacket and tie are optional.

Q: Are meals provided during the Festival?

A: Students are expected to bring a sack lunch every day. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.

Q: Can parents/guardians attend coaching sessions?

A: Day 1 of camp (Monday June 10) will begin with a brief orientation. Skyros will welcome the students and cover some basic operational items. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend this session. After that, we ask that students have their space to learn without other adults around during the day.

Q: Where will the Skyros Quartet Recital and final Student Concert be held?

A: These performances will be in the Auditorium at the Seattle Waldorf School. They are complimentary, and we hope parents and families will attend.

Q: What should students bring to the Festival?

A: A folding music stand, their music, a pencil with eraser, a folder or binder for their music and papers, lunch, a face mask, and a happy and teachable attitude! Music may be emailed to the student, or they may be asked to print it from www.imslp.org. Let us know if you need assistance with printing music.

Q: What does the daily schedule look like?

A: The following is a general outline:

Days 1-5
8:45 am Arrival
8:45 – 9:45 am Rehearsal/Coaching
9:45 – 10:00 am Snack/Break
10:00 – 11:00 am Rehearsal/Coaching
11:00 – 11:45 am Musicianship (focus on artistry and creativity)
11:45 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 pm Enrichment Activities (theater arts)
1:30 – 2:30 pm Rehearsal/Coaching
2:30 – 2:45 pm Snack/Break
2:45 – 3:45 pm Rehearsal/Coaching
3:45 – 4:30 pm Madness sight-reading sessions/Masterclasses/Personal Practice

Day 6
11:00 am Arrival Dress rehearsal
1:00 – 2 :00 pm Student Concert
2:00 – 3:00 pm Reception for students, faculty, friends, family, and guests