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CB Music Festival: Resound Immersive Exploration (RISE) Camp

July 27 - August 14


RISE is Crested Butte Music Festival’s program for advanced-degree level and early-stage professional classical vocalists. We offer specialized training, assisting singers in honing their identity and excelling as self-sufficient artists. Participants will prepare non-traditional, multi-genre recital programs of their own creating, and, through a series of lessons, coaching, classes and seminars, gain the skills to prepare grant proposals, pitch to presenters, fund their projects and successfully perform them.


The three-week, tuition-free program will culminate in public concerts accompanied by members of our faculty.

How to Participate: RISE will choose eight vocal fellows to join us in the stunningly beautiful mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Participants are chosen based on a combination of the strength of their recital program proposal and submitted video recordings.

Please note, there is no live audition round. RISE will provide host-housing in Crested Butte, however participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the festival. The town of Crested Butte has free bus shuttles that make getting around town easy. Required:   – $50 application fee (non-refundable) – recent bio and resume – recent headshot – recital program* – 1 grant style proposal* – 2 video recordings * – names and contact information of two recommenders (phone number, email, relationship to applicant) *Recital programs must be rooted in a theme or concept that is expressed by the repertoire, and must include non-musical elements that enhance the overall expression of the theme (e.g. still image/video projections, choreography, reading of texts, etc.).

Although we are unable to provide the artists who practice other mediums to build your program with, your time with us will be used to discover how best to implement your vision and to plan the development of the fully realized version of your performance. *You must provide us with a first draft of a grant style proposal, outlining your vision, required budget, and how you would use the grant funds.

By the end of the three-week session, you will have developed a strong proposal that can be used as a base for a variety of grant opportunities. *Video recordings must consist of at least two selections in contrasting styles. At least one must be in English. One or both must be a modern or contemporary composition (composed after 1950). At least one of the selections must be a classical composition, the second may be in any language, period or style, including compositional styles considered classical-adjacent (musical theater, jazz, cabaret etc.). The performances must have been recorded in the last three years.

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July 27
August 14