Morningside Music Bridge

Morningside Music Bridge 2018 at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland

July 4 - August 3, 2018

Morningside Music Bridge embodies the highest international standards of excellence, bringing together outstanding young violin, viola, cello, and piano musicians ages 12-18 from around the globe for a month of intensive music making including extensive solo and chamber music performance opportunities. 

Over the course of our first two decades, more than 1600 young artists have benefited from the barrier-free music making experience offered by Morningside Music Bridge. Our alumni are performing in the world’s major concert halls, recording for industry-leading labels, and working in the world’s finest musical organizations. Equally important are the cultural bridges and life-long friendships Morningside Music Bridge participants, guest artist, faculty and partner organizations enjoy.

Our young musicians perform in memorable public venues, participate in Morningside Music Bridge’s prestigious concerto competition and chamber music concerts, and bond with one another through the exquisite language of music. The program is a non academic  program and no tuition is charged.  

For summer of 2018 Morningside Music Bridge will take place in Warsaw, Poland at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Over the past 21 years we have developed a number of strong musical relationships with faculty from this excellent school and we are pleased to hold our program in Warsaw with the support of this distinguished organization and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Warsaw.

We warmly invite you to be part of the celebrations in Warsaw as Morningside Music Bridge enters its third decade.

Application deadline for the 2018 program: Completed electronic application and materials must be received by January 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. MST.

Notification of acceptance by February 20, 2018 (at the latest). Program begins July 4, 2018.

History

In July, 1997 the first Morningside Music Bridge established a new benchmark for international summer programs and garnered national and local media coverage in both Canada and China. Conceived by Paul Dornian, former Director of the Mount Royal University Conservatory, and Andy Chan, Morningside Group, the program brought together Canadian and Chinese young musicians to perform on an international stage and measure themselves against the very best young performers globally.

The program was hosted by Mount Royal University until 2015. In the intervening years it grew to include outstanding participants not only from the two original participating nations and Poland (a core partner since 2003), but from many other countries worldwide. It has evolved into Canada’s most extensive and comprehensive summer music training program for young artists, and was described as “without peer in Canada and among the very best in the world.” (Dr. Douglas McNabney, on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage)

The 20th Anniversary Celebration in Beijing (July 2016) marked the fourth time Morningside Music Bridge has been held outside Canada. In 2006 the 10th Anniversary celebrations were held in Shanghai, China, hosted by the Middle School attached to the Shanghai Conservatory, and the 2009 program was held in Gdańsk, Poland, with the generous support of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Stanisóław Moniuszko Academy. In 2017, the program was held at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.

In October 2016, the Morningside Music Bridge Foundation and The Calgary Philharmonic Society were pleased to announce a partnership where by the internationally recognized Morningside Music Bridge Festival Program is administered by the Calgary Philharmonic’s suite of educational programs.