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Performing. Professional Development.  Networking.

Over the past several years, many of our orchestra participants have been interested in learning more about the business aspect of running festival and how the industry works and is structured both in the private and public ventures. Therefore, we will be offering a series of lectures surrounding the professional aspects of the industry. 

The Vienna Summer Music Festival is keen to develop future leaders in the arts.

While performing in our main-stage opera productions, participants of the orchestra program will be attending a series of classes focused on career development, networking, audition techniques, and an in depth discovery of producing concerts from a for profit vs. non-profit venture.   


Structured to inform you about the industry and how it operates


Profit vs. Non-Profit Ventures

Discover the difference of owning and a operating a for-profit venture vs. a non-profit nature and discover how they are structured, their similarities and differences.


Networking and Trade

Learn the value of networking and skills of developing a network, and how to trade your assets and talents within your network.


Career Development

Establish for yourself a realistic career plan with realistic goals by having your talents evaluated

and producing for yourself a realistic career path that will create a life of music and financial freedom. 


Audition Techniques

In a competitive world with limit seats in an orchestra, learn about audition techniques which will allow you to differentiate yourself from your peers.  Additionally, learn the importance of networking with any orchestra you plan to audition for.


Higher Academia

Discover the purpose of attaining higher ed degrees, acquiring assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships to cover your costs for a higher ed degree, and experience the importance of the history of higher ed. 


Europe vs. North America

Learn how to acquire a position in Europe or North America and the similarities and differences in the different countries on each continent. 



July 1st - July 16th, 2024

Program Fee: €1750 
Includes housing & Program Fee
Scholarships are available

Eligible participants will play in the orchestra for the operas we are producing.  Participants may perform in more than one opera which this year includes: 

  1. Così fan tutte, Mozart

  2. L'enfant et les sortilèges, Ravel

  3. Little Women, Mark Adamo

  4. Lilacs and Lillies

Arrival:  July 1st

Depart: July 16th

Application Requirements

  1. In order to apply, please prepare a short video (3 - 7 minutes which may include orchestral excerpts, solo work, or chamber ensemble)   

  2. You may provide a Google Drive link or another familiar software for us to download, or you may upload your video to YouTube and send us the link so our application committee can review it. 

  3. After we review your video, we will schedule a phone interview with you. 

  4. You will be assigned an opera(s) to perform in.  You are welcome to share you preference of which operas you will perform in.


Dr. Diego Villamil Gómez

Orchestra Manager


A native from Bogotá, Colombia, Diego Esteban Villamil Gómez is a versatile violinist. His accomplishments include being concertmaster of the UNT Concert Orchestra, USM Symphony Orchestra, and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia. He also has been member of the main symphony orchestras of Mississippi, New Jersey and Colombia. Diego has been faculty at the Play,On Philly! Summer Program and Techne Music Festival. He also was a teaching artist at Play, On Philly!, which is a El Sistema-based music program in Philadelphia and a faculty member of Rowan Prep (New Jersey), and the Delaware School of Music. As a Baroque violinist, Diego is part of the UNT Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Paul Leenhouts, where he has been principal violin and soloist. He is also member of Baroque Ensemble Fantasmi with whom he has toured South-America and Europe. He also plays with several baroque ensembles of the Dallas area, including American Baroque Opera Co. and the Orchestra of New Spain. Diego holds a B.A in violin performance from the National University of Colombia and M.M in violin performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and Rowan University. Currently pursuing his DMA at University of North Texas, Diego is the Teaching Assistant for the Early Music Program and studies violin with Felix Olschofka and Baroque Violin with Cynthia Roberts.

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