Application Information

Deadline to Apply: June 1st

Aix la Chapelle Farm

RJ Farm

NOWsummer Festival and Retreat (NOWsummer) is a new kind of music festival, mixing non-professional adult musicians, students, and NOW musicians together! The festival will take place in the pastoral farm country of Poolesville, Maryland. Brought to you by the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW), NOWsummer celebrates the vibrant avocational music scene that so enriches the Greater Washington area, and the power of community as expressed through collaborative music making.  

The mission of the NOWsummer Festival and Retreat is to empower participants to channel a better version of themselves through music, meditation, dialogue, and community building.  

If instrumental music is your passion and you believe in the positive power of music in our society, NOWsummer is for you. No audition is required. Simply fill out the enclosed application form and submit!

Come to Poolesville and be a part of this new community. Participate in the side-by-side performance opportunities. Find a new YOU through NOWmaste yoga/meditation and Feldenkreis movement workshops. Develop your skills through private lessons and chamber music coaching. Be enriched by ArtsMatter Dialogues on a range of subjects, hosted with insightful panelists. Celebrate with a powerful side-by-side final performance! 

Who Can Apply:

All instruments are encouraged to apply. Special opportunities for chamber music coaching are available to pre-formed groups. 

NOWsummer is open to ages 18 and older. Participants are expected to arrange their own transportation. Please let us know if you need assistance in finding other participants to carpool with for the duration of the festival.


Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, artistic director 

Ryo Yanagitani, visiting chamber music coach

Aeolus String Quartet: 
Nicholas Tavani, violin 
Rachel Shapiro, violin 
Caitlin Lynch, viola 
Alan Richardson, cello 

Jessica Powell Eig, double bass 
Jeremy Eig, clarinet 
Stephen Key, oboe
Conor Nelson, flute

Additional faculty will be announced at a later time.


Registration Deposit: $100 (non-refundable)

Registration Fee: $25 (waived if paying online) 

Participant Tuition: $620 (includes coaching fees, admission to all events, and meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch).   

Deposit of $125 due at registration if paying by check. Balance due on June 1. 

How to Apply

To pay and register online:

Click Here to complete the online registration form. You may also pay your tuition online here.

To pay and register by mail:

Print out and complete the registration form. Enclose a tuition deposit/registration fee check in the amount of $125.00 USD. Please note there is a $25 registration fee if paying by mail. Checks may be made out to:  


Mail to: 

New Orchestra of Washington 

12320 Parklawn Drive 

Rockville, MD 20852 

Attn: NOWsummer 


June 1: All registrations and tuitions must be received by this date. (no tuition refunds will be offered after this date) 

Please contact us before applying after June 1st. Positions may still be available depending on instrument need.