Appalachian Music Festival & Competition
Two Master Series Program Tracks
"AMF will be an online format 'Master Series' in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may enroll to the program at anytime this year. We are calling for musicians 15+ years old to apply! Thanks to the generosity of the donors, successful applicants will receive up to USD $100 scholarship and application fee waiver for regular and special programs".
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Appalachian Music Festival. We welcome
donations of any amount. We are deeply grateful to our donors for their commitment
to our superb artists and students. If anyone would like to donate, please click this
HERE. If you prefer to donate by check, please mail it to ETSU Foundation, PO BOX 70721,
Johnson City, TN 37614.
AMF Chamber Series (Free, $20 donations are encouraged or accepted)
'Master Series' - Regular Program (Piano & Traditional Orchestra Instruments)
- String (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)
- Woodwind (Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet)
- Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Tuba, Euphonium)
$120 USD for 1 lesson (any faculty on the list)
$350 USD for 3 lessons (2 ETSU + 1 AMF Artist, complete within 30 days after 1st lesson)
$500 USD for 5 lessons (4 ETSU + 1 AMF Artist, complete within 60 days after 1st lesson) + "competition fee waiver"
$650 USD for 7 lessons (5 ETSU + 2 AMF Artist, complete within 90 days after 1st lesson) + "1 career advising session"
*You may ask for more than one teacher at the application form.
Register for REGULAR Program, click HERE
Career Advising Session ($30 USD):
An individual session for those who are preparing for College/University or competitions. The students will have a 15-minute one-on-one zoom session with the festival founder and artistic director, Dr. Yi-Yang Chen, to discuss college options, scholarships, and the preparation process for auditions and competitions.
Students who complete 14 lessons will receive a diploma stating your achievements at ETSU's Appalachian Music Festival. Your name will be listed along with the names of your instructors at the Appalachian Music Festival.
AMF International Competition - see more details at the end of the page. Registration opens on April 30th, 2021.
Piano & Percussion
Percussion (Orchestral, Marching, Drumset)
String (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass)
Woodwind & Brass
Woodwind (Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone)
Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Tuba, Euphonium)
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you join the Appalachian Music Festival?Our vision for the Appalachian Music Festival is to provide a plethora of opportunities to achieve goals and the highest level of music amidst COVID-19 and other burdens in our lives. The Appalachian Music Festival allows students to receive teaching from music professors and international artists in addition to their lessons with their current teachers. The ETSU professors will employ their pedagogical standpoint when working with the students, and the international performing artist will employ their performance experience to provide a full spectrum of music at the highest levels. We also want to allow students to ask individual questions to the masterclass professor and international artist to allow the students to receive the largest array of knowledge that we can provide. Lastly, we would like all students to consider signing up for the full package, including participation in the competition and an opportunity to schedule individual career advising sessions with the Artistic Director, Dr. Yi-Yang Chen.
Why online, and are there other requirements?One of our priorities for the Appalachian Music Festival is to assure that each of the students, professionals, and international artists remains safe while continuing to battle the struggles that COVID-19 has placed in our path as musicians. In order to best abide by all of the regulations set in response to COVID-19 and allow as many students to participate in this masterclass program, we will be employing online video chat formats such as Zoom and Google Meets to hold the masterclass sessions. We ask that each student have access to a computer with a stable internet connection for these meetings. Some computers have a built-in microphone and camera, but for the best results, we recommend that students purchase a USB microphone to enhance your voice or instrument quality.
How will the Appalachian Music Festival take place amidst COVID-19?Due to the current circumstances regarding COVID-19, the East Tennessee State Unicersity policy, as of March 1, 2021, an in-person festival can not take place. However, we are planning on holding the Appalachian Music Festival in-person during the summer months of July-August 2022. We will be using the new concert venues in the Martin Center of the Arts to hold seminars and masterclasses. The venues that we will be using are the 1,200-seat Foundation Grand Hall and a 200-plus-seat Recital Hall.
Powell Recital Hall
Martin Center Grand Hall
More questions?For any questions please refer to Dr. Yi-Yang Chen: email@example.com