Fontainebleau Schools for Music and Fine Arts 2020

Summer Session 2020

The Fontainebleau Schools (also known as Les Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau) are comprised of the Conservatoire Américain and the École des Beaux-Arts. For almost 100 years the schools have been offering international summer programs of the highest level for students in music and architecture.

This year we have the pleasure to welcome two guest composers during the session. Philippe Manoury and Betsy Jolas will both give a lecture on their music, and will meet and listen to the music of our eight student composers.

The music program is for advanced students ages 18-30, but particularly those currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate music school programs. Each year our faculty selects eight young composers to participate to the program. The session includes performing opportunities including recitals and concerts. A special collaboration with the Fine Arts students, performed at the end of the summer session, celebrates the unique combination of the two schools.

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Dates and Basic Information

  • The summer session runs July 3 - Aug 2, 2020. Students arrive in Paris on Friday, July 3 and have 2 days in Paris before arriving in Fontainebleau on Sunday, July 5. Students will depart from Fontainebleau on Sunday, August 2.
  • Enrollment is limited to 33.
  • Courses are taught in English.
  • Cost for the session is $3500: $3300 for tuition, room and weekday meals, plus a $200 confirmation fee (all students upon acceptance will be required to pay this non-refundable confirmation fee to hold their place in the program). Full scholarships based on merit are available for highly qualified students.

Highlights of the composition session include

  • Meeting our guest composers Philippe Manoury and Betsy Jolas. This includes two conferences and two masterclasses, where you will receive an individual feedback on your music.
  • Two individual one-hour lessons with Allain Gaussin and François Paris.
  • As a composer you will have to write a piece before the festival. The piece will be performed by our instrumental students on a special concert at the Château de Fontainebleau (instrumentation assigned by the faculty, for 2-5 instruments including violin, viola, cello, piano and voice).
  • Rehearsals and workshops of your piece by our instrumental teachers and members of the Ensemble intercontemporain (Hae-Sun Kang, Sébastien Vichard and Jack Stulz).
  • One day-trip to Ircam in Paris.
  • A collaboration with our architecture department in a final sound and art installation.
  • You will be invited to give a short presentation of your music to the other participants of the festival.
  • You will attend courses in harmony, fugue and counterpoint, focussing on the French harmony and music theory system.
  • Free access to all the concerts of the session.

You will be lodged within walking distance from the Chateau, either in a dormitory or with a local family. Monday through Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided — other meals are on your own. For more details about accommodations, travel to Fontainebleau, and more see

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1 Feb 2020
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