APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 ARE NOW OPEN! DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MAY 30th
COST AND TUITION
During the course of the 9-day festival students will receive 4 private lessons, daily chamber coachings, and frequent elective offerings. Classes are taught in Portuguese and English.
Total tuition for the festival is €500. Our festival sponsors have further subsidized this rate for European citizens (€230 tuition), and Portuguese citizens (€130 tuition). Tuition includes daily snacks, admission to museums, transportation to all concerts and outings, and the official festival t-shirt.
The local community of Bendada is a core supporter of the Festival, and kindly serves as guest families for the students of the Festival, hosting them in their houses. Availability is limited and is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Housing is free but there is a €50 housing processing fee. Students must be 16 or older to be eligible to stay with a host family. There are no exceptions. If you are interested in staying with a host family in Bendada, please be sure to let us know on the application form.
The closest hotels available are in the nearby cities of Belmonte, Sortelha, and Sabugal, a 20-minute drive from Bendada. Public transportation is very limited, so students not staying in Bendada should plan on having a car. Students younger than 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian and seek hotel accommodation.
Bendada does not have restaurants. There are just two cafes and two small grocery stores that provide a limited selection of snacks and groceries. Because of that, students are highly encouraged to enroll in one of the festival’s meal plans. During the duration of the Festival, lunch and dinner will be served at the music school, provided by a local restaurant.
Students have the option of choosing between two meal plans:
Lunch-only plan (9 meals): 60€ total
Lunch and dinner plan (18 meals): 120€ total
Those who choose the Lunch-only plan will need to find dinner in neighboring cities’ restaurants. Most students staying in Bendada will also have access to a kitchen at their host houses.
To apply for the 2019 Bendada Music Festival, please fill out the registration form below. New applicants must include a pre-screening recording of two contrasting pieces, submitted via a YouTube link. (Returning students are not required to submit a pre-screening recording.) Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Accepted students will be notified via email. Students are required to pay a €50 registration fee within two weeks of the acceptance notification to secure their place.
Tuition and fees, payable in Euros, must be sent by bank transfer. Account details will be sent out upon notification of acceptance. Tuition and fees are non-refundable.
Application Deadline: May 30th
Registration Fee (50€) and Housing Processing Fee (50€): to be paid within two weeks of the acceptance notification.
Deadline to pay Tuition and Meal Plan: June 8th