Summer Festival

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected events throughout the world. Many educational institutions have moved to online courses, including California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), the venue used by SYMF. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued orders to prohibit group events. https://covid19.lacounty.gov/

The 2020 Summer Festival has been cancelled and replaced by:

2020 Summer Video Competition

PIANO

2020 Winter Video Competition

STRINGS
Violin • Viola • Cello

WINDS
Flute • Clarinet • Saxophone • Oboe • Bassoon

ENSEMBLE
Chamber Music (3–5 Performers) • Concerto for Multiple Soloists (2–4 Performers)


Summer Festival

The SYMF Summer Festival is held in Southern California and runs two weekends (five days), usually in mid-to-late July and/or early August, at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB).

Only teachers who are members of SYMF may enter students in the SYMF Summer Festival.

The SYMF Summer Festival offers categories for Piano, Strings (violin, viola, cello), and Winds (flute, clarinet). Categories include opportunities for students to perform solo works, duets, ensemble repertoire, and concerto literature. Categories accommodate the age and level of the student.

Complete information is available in the Rules & Regulations (revised 11/2016) Booklet.

Young Musicians (Pianist, Violinist/Violist, Cellist, Flutist/Clarinetist) categories
First Place winners have the opportunity to perform as concerto soloists with the Festival Orchestra

Piano Open categories
Concerto, Classical Complete Work, Solo, American, Latin American, Baroque, Chopin, Duo/Duet, Ensemble, and Young Chamber Musician

Piano Qualified categories
Concert, Classical Complete Work, Solo, American, Latin American, Baroque, Chopin, Duet, Duo/Duet, and Ensemble

String Open & Qualified categories
Solo, American, Baroque, Duet, and Chamber Music

Wind Open & Qualified categories
Solo, American, Baroque, Duet, and Chamber Music


  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-Place winners receive trophies with personalized name plates
  • Students ages 16 and older may apply for paid job opportunities as Room Captains