10 Instrumentalists + 4 Composers + Akropolis

Instrumental and Composition Program Application Deadlines

Early Application Deadline (NO FEE): March 1, 2023
Late Deadline ($35 application fee): April 1, 2023
Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2023
Letter of Agreement and Deposit Due: May 1, 2023
Scholarships are available!

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Introducing ACMI! A new summer festival 
for emerging musicians and composers

The Akropolis' Chamber Music Institute at Bay View is a 10-day summer festival bringing together talented composers with innovative chamber performers, located in the picturesque lake shore town of Petoskey, Michigan. ACMI's goal is to help launch your creative career as a 21st century artist through instruction in high-level performance, entrepreneurial thinking, and community collaboration.

For 10 days, the 10 instrumentalists and 4 composers selected will work intensely with Akropolis: living, working, performing, and forming a community as an artistic collective. ACMI is housed within the Bay View Music Festival, the longest continuously operating chamber music festival in the United States, situated at the heart of one of the country's most beautiful vacation areas, including beaches, bike paths, hiking, and downtown Petoskey.

Akropolis welcomes individual instrumentalists and pre-formed ensembles to apply for ACMI. Pre-formed ensembles are also guarinteed a world premeire commissions from one of the 4 selected ACMI compposers.

What ACMI offers you:

  • Perform and premiere new music in multiple recitals
  • Extensive artistic rehearsal, instruction, and collaboration with Akropolis
  • Community engagement opportunities in northern Michigan
  • Studio edited recordings of the world premiere works
  • Personalized career advancement and entrepreneurial strategy workshops
  • Ample leisure and community building time

As chamber music leaders, we can't wait to share this experience with you in one of our favorite places on earth!

What People Have To Say...


"As a composer, ACMI was just everything I hoped it would be and more! The participants were some of the best performers I have ever worked with. Even more than that, Akropolis clearly valued the person behind the performer when they screened applicants, because they put together just an awesome group of people.

Working with Akropolis directly was also a singular experience. They have an amazing combination of adventurous spirit and superb musicality, and were also just a lot of fun to hang out with for a week. This was one of the best, most concentrated learning experiences I have ever had, and one of the most joyful!"

~2022 ACMI Composer


"Participating in ACMI was an incredible, life-changing experience. The opportunities offered for such close collaboration and community building were incredibly unique and special, something you aren't likely to find anywhere else. It was such a special celebration of all kinds of chamber music, and all kinds of newly composed music. I really value the connections made with other festival members and the Akropolis Reed Quintet."

~2022 ACMI Instrumentalist





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