Applying to the Ingenium Academy


We are looking for talented, passionate young musicians to join our summer school. Admissions to the Ingenium Academy residential summer school are by video audition, using our online application formUse the guide below to get started - we can't wait to hear from you!


Is there a deadline for applications?

Applications are based on merit and are open on a rolling basis, meaning you can apply at any time. We strongly recommend applying as soon as possible however, to avoid missing out when the course is full. If you're unsure about anything, get in touch and we'll be happy to answer your questions.



Summer 2022 Applications will open soon.


Applying to the Ingenium Academy is as easy as three simple steps:


  • Step 1: Choose your programme and get your Application Pack
  • Step 2: Prepare your audition video, recommendation letter and photo
  • Step 3: Send us your application online


Read the instructions below to find out how you can take part in the musical summer of a lifetime...



Step 1: Choose your programme and get your Application Pack


Are you an oboist? A pianist? A composer? Our summer school includes seven unique programmes, which take place together every summer: Chamber Music, Orchestral, Vocal, Piano, Saxophone, Composition and Conducting.


Each programme is between one and three weeks long, and you can attend for any number of weeks. If you're interested in attending more than one, you can even combine programmes. If you're not sure about the best option for you, get in touch and we can help answer any questions.


Once you've selected your programme, it's time to begin your application. Send us a request using the button below, and we'll send you a helpful Application Pack with all the information you need to prepare.


Get your Application Pack



Step 2: Make your audition video, letter and photo


Before your submit your online application form, there are a few things you will need to prepare.


Applications to all our programmes must include:

  • A short audition video (or examples of your composition)
  • A letter of recommendation from your teacher
  • A passport-style photograph


Audition video

Look at your chosen programme's audition page (found in the menu at the top of this page), to see if there are specific requirements for your video, such as what to perform and any set excerpts. Your audition is a short video showcasing your talent and musicality, and does not need to be professionally recorded. If we can clearly see and hear your performance, good quality smartphone/tablet/webcam videos are accepted.


Letter of Recommendation

Please ask your music teacher or school counsellor to write a letter of recommendation to accompany your video. The letter should say that your video is a true representation of your playing / singing, and that they approve of your application to Ingenium. You can send this as a Microsoft Word file or PDF uploaded to your application form, or by email.


Passport-style photograph

This photo will help us verify your application, and will be used to make your ID badge that you will wear while you are with us. Please make sure it's a clear photo of your face.



Step 3: Send us your application online


When you're ready, simply complete our application form. The form will ask you for the contact details of 2 parents / guardians, including email address and mobile phone number. You will also need to tell us a little bit about your musical playing / singing experience and provide us with the contact details of your music teacher / school.


We also require a £250 deposit to secure your application, payable by credit/debit card or wire bank transfer. Should you not be successful in gaining a place at the academy, the deposit will be refunded to you minus a £20 administration fee.


Your video, letter of recommendation and photo can be uploaded to your application form. If your video is too big to attach to the form, please send it to us by email, or using a file-sharing website such as WeTransfer.


Application form



You've submitted your application - what next?


Once you have submitted your application and we have received your video, letter and deposit, your audition will be reviewed by our panel.


We aim to contact every applicant to let them know their result within two weeks of receiving the application. If you have any questions once you have submitted your application, just get in touch and we can help you.


Places at the Ingenium Academy are awarded on merit and on a first-come first-served basis. We therefore strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible to be in with the best chance of securing your place.



Choir rehearsal at the Ingenium summer vocal course

Chamber Music coaching

Daily whole-school meetings

Summer Chamber Music lesson at Ingenium

Trip to the city of Oxford for our chamber music concert