Credo Festival


Fill out this information form to begin your application for Credo’s 2019 Festival in Oberlin and Chicago! Continue reading below to learn more about the application and audition process.


Applying to Credo

There are three easy steps to apply for Credo 2019:

  1. Fill out this preliminary information form. This allows us to have direct communication with you! We can send you current information about the program, answer all your questions, and assist you throughout the application process.

  2. Complete and submit an application form (including any financial aid documents), request your audition slot, and pay the application fee. We will send you a link for this application once you fill out the preliminary contact form. On your application be sure to include the complete contact information for the person who will be providing a written recommendation on your behalf. (We will contact them directly for the recommendation).

  3. Audition for Credo’s Artistic Director Peter Slowik, either in person or via an online video platform (see details below.)

Credo has a “Rolling Admissions” policy - Students are accepted into the program as we match them with suitable chamber music partners – the earlier you apply, the easier it will be to offer you the most appropriate chamber music placement. The final date to apply is March 25. All students will be notified of their acceptance by April 1.

Once you have been accepted to Credo 2019, you will need to submit a $400 non-refundable tuition deposit within two weeks.   


Application Fees & Deadlines

Application Fee:
* early bird (before January 1): $25
* January 2 - February 15: $45
* after February 15: $75
* Credo Alumni before February 15: $25 ($45 after February 15)

Application Deadlines

  • Nov. 15  ... Application Opens

  • January 1 ... early-bird application fee ends

  • Feb 15- March 15 ... A limited number of applicants will be admitted via “rolling admission”  Non-refundable $400 deposit will be due within two weeks of admission

  • Feb 15  ... Strong preference will be given to counselor applications received by this date

  • March 10 ... Completed applications due for financial aid applicants

  • March 25 ... Completed applications due for ALL applicants

  • April 1 ... All initial admissions decisions made. 

  • April 15 ... Non-refundable $400 deposit due

  • April 16 – early May ... Students on Wait List notified of final status. Non-refundable $400 deposit will be due within two weeks of admission

  • June 15 ... Tuition/Room/Board Balance Due

  • June 15 ... Student registration forms and $100 refundable security deposit due

Audition Information

All students must audition for admission and placement.

Credo is the most personally directed summer music experience available. Our audition process reflects that personal attention. Rather than reviewing a video, we arrange for each applicant to have a 30-minute audition session with Credo’s Artistic Director Peter Slowik. These consultations will be either in person (see locations below) or arranged via a mutually-agreed electronic media (skype, facetime, zoom, etc). The sessions will consist of three parts: student performance, a mini-lesson from Mr. Slowik, and consultation with the student/family about their musical development and how Credo might fit into their plans.


All applicants are required to audition with two pieces or movements in contrasting styles; one piece should demonstrate technical abilities, while another could showcase melodic abilities. Piano accompaniment is not required. Credo does not supply accompanists for auditions, but you may use one if you feel the need.


Below is the schedule of live audition dates. You will indicate your top three choices for a 30-minute audition slot on your application form (step 2).

January 18   Chicago, IL - 65 East Monroe         5 to 9 PM

January 19    Chicago, IL - 65 East Monroe         9 AM to Noon

February 2    Oberlin Conservatory 2 to 6 PM

February 9    Oberlin Conservatory             2 to 6 PM

February  16 Oberlin Conservatory             2 to 6 PM

February 18   Chicago, IL - 65 East Monroe        9 AM to 8 PM

February 23   Oberlin Conservatory             2 to 6 PM

March 2     Oberlin Conservatory             2 to 6 PM


An array of evening times in January, February, and March 2019 will be available after November 1. You will indicate your top three choices for a 30-minute audition slot on your application form (step 2).


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