So, what exactly is this all about?
That’s a good question. The beautiful thing about Lumino is that it’s set up to be a different festival for everyone.
Broadly speaking, it’s a practice retreat: a chance to focus on our goals without the distractions of the daily grind. It is also an opportunity to network and make new friends, create an intense chamber music experience, or explore new projects. The experience will differ for everyone: Lumino can be exactly what you make it.
Who is it for?
First and foremost, it is for artistic professionals who are in the early stages of their career. Typically aged 25-40, participants have completed their schooling and have entered the workforce. Though, as with everything, exceptions will be made.
Beyond those parameters, it’s for just about everyone. In our first year, we have focused on a string playing constituency just because it’s a world we already know and understand well. But in future years we will host artists of all disciplines who are seeking to make their mark on the world.
Where is the festival?
What should I bring?
Layers! Make sure you have a warm jacket. A raincoat is usually helpful. At least one pair of long pants (preferably more), as it can get very chilly. Music Mountain is typically cooler than the surrounding towns, but it can sometimes be quite warm, so pack a pair of shorts as well.
Also, pack your favorite “lounge around the house practicing and being productive” outfits as well as some hiking clothes and tennis shoes. You’ll want them for walking or hiking, or just bopping around. Slippers or house shoes or lots of socks to keep your tootsies warm. We will have a performance, so bring your concert black!
Stand. A wire stand will do the trick.
What is housing like?
We will be using two houses on the grounds: the “Big House” and the “Viola” house. In the Big House, we will eat our meals and have our evening chamber music readings. This is where we can all come together and hang out at night. If you prefer to go to bed on the earlier side or are a light sleeper, the Viola house provides a quieter space.
Will I share a room?
Most likely. Rooms are shared with one or two other people and bathrooms are communal. Imagine that you’re staying in your great aunty’s old mansion with all of your cousins and friends. That’s kind of what this is like.
How does practice space work?
There are no dedicated practice rooms, but there is plenty of space on the property to carve out a place to practice.
How much does it cost to attend?
The festival costs $550. Scholarships may become available. Please indicate scholarship interest on your application.
How do I pay?
Make your check payable to Lumino Festival and send to:
c/o Nicole Wendl
118 Gloria Ave
Winston Salem, NC 27127.
What are the deadlines?
Applications are due by March 1.
A $200 deposit is required by April 10 to reserve your space.
Full tuition is due on June 1, with the festival beginning June 4.
What type of food will there be?
Everyone will be on their own for breakfast; the fridge and pantry will be stocked with coffee, tea, eggs, granola, yogurt, etc. Lunch and dinner will be family-style, catered by a local farm. Lunch will be at 12:30pm, and dinner at 6pm.
What if I'm a vegetarian?
Worry not. Several participants prefer their food animal carcass free, and there will be plenty of vegetarian fare.