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Chamber Music Residency

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Program Information


The Banff Centre is a recognized leader on the international chamber music scene. Many quartets that have competed in the Banff International String Quartet Competition have trained in our program. This year's faculty includes artistic director Barry Shiffman, violinist Mark Steinberg, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, cellist Richard Lester, and pianist Robert McDonald.

What does the program offer?

Each ensemble invited to participate will enjoy numerous private coaching sessions, masterclasses and performance opportunities. The resources of The Banff Centre, from the exquisite pianos, magnificent Rolston Recital Hall, and exceptional recording facilities make this program one of our most popular offerings.  

Who should apply?

Limited to 40 participants, the residency is for pre-formed ensembles and is focused on chamber music for strings and piano, however ensembles that include instruments such as winds or percussion will be considered on a space available basis.

Audition Tour

We will be holding live auditions in Boston, Calgary, Cleveland, Montreal, New York, and Toronto. Live auditions are not mandatory, if you are unable to make a date please upload your recordings. Audition slots fill up quickly; do not wait until the last minute to apply! Please note:

  • Each audition will be 10 minutes maximum. Be prepared to perform three contrasting works.
  • Live auditions are run and videotaped by Banff Centre music programming representative(s) and sent to the adjudicators for review.
  • A group resume and individual group members' resume must be submitted in person at the audition. 
  • Warm up time in the warm up room is limited to 10 minutes. Also, please do not expect to have access to a room more than 30 minutes prior to the audition.

Audition locations

New York
DiMenna Center
Thursday, January 21
Friday, January 22 (limited availability)

Royal Conservatory of Music
Sunday, January 24

Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
Tuesday, January 26

Mount Royal Conservatory
Saturday, January 30

New England Conservatory
Friday, February 5

Cleveland Institute of Music
Monday, February 8


What's Included

Shared RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Studio SpaceRead MoreClose

Each ensemble is a assigned to one of our specialized studios. Additional individual practice spaces are available throughout the program.

Recording OpportunitiesRead MoreClose

Demo recordings: Upon availability, you’ll have the option to record up to 30 minutes of music at a reduced rate as part of your program. These recordings are intended to be used for auditions or personal promotion, not for commercial purposes.

Showcase your workRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work in one of our performance venues and in the community.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (shared room)
$2 392.10

*Financial Aid up to 75% is available for this program.  If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom.

Application fee

$60 for groups. Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance. 

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre.

How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
Learn more.

Only the Ensemble leader must complete a single application and upload supporting materials on behalf of the whole group.

Financial assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.


A one-page resume or C.V. for each member of the ensemble AND the ensemble describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience. Indicate years or periods involved and organizations or relevant persons with whom you have studied.


Contact details for two referees.


Video recordings only, up to 15 minutes in length, recorded a maximum of 12 month prior to the application deadline. The choice and
difficulty of repertoire will be considered and should reflect your strengths. 

Or a live audition. You will be able to indicate your audition city in the upload tool.
 Once submitted you will be contacted with a time and date based on


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete. 


All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)