Coming to Prague Summer Nights in 2020!


Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival composition students will spend three action-packed weeks in the Czech cities of Tábor and Prague, immersed in intensive study of composing operas, along with chamber, symphonic, and other vocal music.

They will also intensively study all aspects of opera production, have workshops in musical entrepreneurship, and study in depth two operatic masterworks being produced at the Festival, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro.

Participants will have daily private and group instruction from a distinguished composer. They will also observe music and staging rehearsals and coaching sessions for the opera productions and other performances. Participants will have their music performed, including short opera scenes and instrumental and nonoperatic vocal works, and will receive feedback on their work from festival faculty and musicians. They will attend performances of the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra at the historic Rudolfinum in Prague, and will experience fully-produced performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at the historic Estates Theatre, where Mozart himself led the Don Giovanni premiere.

Program Highlights

  • Daily private and group lessons with an esteemed composer
  • Masterclasses with a renowned Czech composer
  • 1 public performance and recording of either your vocal or instrumental work, including feedback from faculty and festival musicians
  • 1 private reading and recording of your orchestral work by the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra
  • Work with faculty conductors on score study and score preparation
  • Rehearsals with student musicians and ensembles
  • Workshops on musical entrepreneurship and career development
  • Exposure to fully produced, professionally directed opera productions

Program Dates & Details

Late June-Mid July, 2020

Tuition: $3,750.00
Accommodation: $925.00 

Accommodation includes 6 nights in Tabor and 15 nights in Prague, daily breakfast and a farewell dinner. The cost also includes ground transportation in between cities in the Czech Republic on the company moving day. PSN will provide 1 van to take participants from the Prague airport to Tabor on the company arrival day and 1 van back to the airport on company departure day. The exact time will be provided at a later date.

Application Requirements & Deadline

Application Requirements

  • Coverletter

  • Resume

  • Three (3) samples of writing for voice and chamber ensembles

Applicants are required to submit three scores of their work (PDF). Audio or video recordings are strongly recommended. Operas and opera scenes are welcome, since this program focuses on opera. Nonoperatic vocal music, chamber music, and pieces for orchestra are welcome also. 
Composition applicants should include at least one work that would be practical for workshopping and performance during the festival.
Practical considerations would include how difficult the work is, its length (around 10 minutes maximum), and the number of performers required. Opera scenes should be performable with accompaniment by just one instrument (most likely piano), and should involve no more than three singers; other compositions should involve no more than five performers, vocal and/or instrumental. 
Prague Summer Nights is open to students 18 and above.

Applications Open


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