Friends of Music

As part of our mission, each year, the Ringwood Friends of Music presents performances by music students from northern New Jersey communities at varying levels of advancement. This provides an opportunity for young musicians to share their music in a non-competitive environment. 

Purpose: An opportunity for young musicians to share their music in a non-competitive environment. 

Eligibility: Soloists and small ensembles, both instrumental and vocal, are invited to apply.

Ages: 7-20 years of age for both instrumentalists and vocalists.

Application Form Submission Deadline: May 10, 2024. Two forms should be submitted, one to be filled out by the performer’s legal guardian (if participant is over 18, they may fill out the form) and one by the participant’s teacher.

Rehearsals: The first round of individual appointments will be scheduled for Saturday, May 25 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and Sunday, May 26 from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. There will be another day for makeups as needed on Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Following the application review process, we will reach out to applicants to schedule their rehearsal date and time.

Performances: Sunday June 2, 2024 at 5:00 PM.

Performance Location: The Community Presbyterian Church, 145 Carletondale Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Application Fee: Non-refundable $15 administrative fee payable to Ringwood Friends of Music, which can be processed online at https://donorbox.org/ringwood-friends-of-music or postmarked by May 10, 2024 to PO Box 427, Ringwood, NJ 07456. Mailed checks should include the student's name and a memo: Youth Performance Festival. If paying online, select "Youth Performance Festival application fee" from the designation drop-down menu. This fee should be paid by the participant’s legal guardian.


1. Application: Applications are reviewed by the RFM Board. We attempt to ensure a showcase of a wide range of performance levels, instruments, and musical styles. Only fully completed applications will be considered. Each soloist or group is assigned a performance time slot. You will be notified of a performance time assignment no later than Tuesday, May 28 following the rehearsals on May 25 & 26.

2. The music: We welcome performances in the style of the following genres: classical, folk, jazz or musical theater. All solos should be memorized. Chamber ensembles and duets may use printed music. Beginning level instrumental applicants should be able to perform, up to tempo, music that is generally considered to be Level 2 (i.e. Bach – Minuet in G Major) or above. There will be no amplification systems available.

3. Concert attire: Performers are expected to be dressed in semi-formal attire. If you have any questions about appropriate attire, please contact Erin Schwab - erinschwabsoprano@gmail.com.

4. Teacher Recommendation: The teacher’s submission of this separate application form is considered a recommendation. The teacher will be responsible for filling out the student's repertoire selections.

5. Equipment: There will be a Steinway B piano provided for all entrants who require it. Chairs and music stands will also be available.

6. Accompanied vocal and instrumental solos. Performers must provide their own accompanists. If your student needs an accompanist, please email ringwoodfriendsofmusic@gmail.com for a list of referrals. You should make your own arrangements with your chosen accompanist to rehearse ahead of time, and should make sure the accompanist is available for your assigned rehearsal and performance appointments.

7. General Admission: General audience admission to the Youth Performance Festival is FREE. Ringwood Friends of Music is administered solely by volunteers. We accept donations to defray concert costs.

Questions or concerns: erinschwabsoprano@gmail.com

APPLICATION FORMS (Submission Deadline: May 10, 2024):

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