Summer Festival

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect events throughout the world. Many educational institutions are still online and have not re-opened to outside facility rentals, including California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), the venue used by SYMF.

The 2021 Summer Festival has been cancelled and replaced by:

2021 Summer Video Competition • Piano Qualified Festival
Click here for Rules & Regulations, Piano Qualified Solo Repertoire List, Dates & Deadlines


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