Frequently Asked Young Artist Questions

See below for answers to our most common questions!

Do I get financial aid?

Scholarships are available and awarded based on financial need. Scholarships may come in the form of host families, donors who provide funding for our young artists to stay on-campus in the residence halls or funding toward the program fee.

How much is the cost to attend the program?
  • The program fee is $1,000. 
  • The living cost for the residence hall is $1,500 per young artist. 
  • The estimated dining cost per young artist is $500-$600 (this is not a fee due to the festival, all young artists are responsible for their own food).
What kind of performance opportunities can I expect at KBMF?

Young Artists will perform in Chamber Music Recitals. They will perform in a chamber orchestra led by the Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra. And, will also perform side-by-side with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center.

Who will be my faculty?

Our faculty are musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra, Kent State University, and visiting artists. Every young artist will be assigned to 3-4 faculty depending on their availability and their schedules. For detailed faculty information, please refer to the following link:

How many young artists are accepted every year?

We accept 43 Young Artists every year in the following disciplines: 12 violins, 6 violas, 6 cellos, 1 double bass, 2 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons, 3 french horns, and 4 pianos.

Where does the festival take place?

The Kent Blossom Music Festival takes place in the Center for the Performing Arts at the Kent State University Kent Campus in Kent, Ohio. Young artists will spend 5 weeks at Kent State University.

Who should apply for KBMF?

The Kent Blossom Music Festival is open to musicians of all ages, ranging from talented high school conservatory students to post-doctoral professionals. The festival will provide an opportunity for young artists to hone their skills in chamber music as well as experience playing at a professional level in a side-by-side performance with The Cleveland Orchestra.


  • Young Artist Experience

    Young Artist Experience

    Explore what life is like during the five-week summer festival below!

  • Apply & Audition

    Apply & Audition

    Explore how to apply, including information about each program of study and audition requirements for each. 

  • Program Fees & Scholarships

    Program Fees & Scholarships

    Learn more about fees associated with our program and opportunities for scholarships. 

  • Info for Accepted & Incoming Young Artists

    Info for Accepted & Incoming Young Artists

    Learn more about the next steps after you've been accepted to the program!