FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
-When are the applications due for FEMUSC?
From September 1 at 12 noon, to September 20 at 5pm (Brasilia time).
-What is the age limit to participate in FEMUSC?
FEMUSC has no age limit, and is open to all who wish to enroll. However, participantes under 18 years old may participate only with the written consent of their parent or guardian.
-Is it true that students who came for FEMUSC 2011 have a guaranteed spot in the 2012 festival?
No. FEMUSC experimented with a multi-year admissions system, that is, where some students would have their admissions status extended for one or two years as they apply to future festivals. This program was eliminated for the 2012 admissions cycle, and all interested students must apply again from the beginning of the process.
-I already have a username and password from last year. Can I still use it?
No. All applications and profiles must be sent anew for 2012.
-I can go to FEMUSC, but I will have to arrive a day late due to an exam. Is that possible?
Unfortunately you cannot be late for FEMUSC. All students must be registered and enrolled by 2pm of the first day of the event, as artistic activities begin immediately. Students who did not arrive until this time will have their matriculation and application canceled.
-I must get out of FEMUSC in the middle of the festival, just for one day, and return immediately. Can I?
It is not allowed for anyone to leave FEMUSC temporarily due to the effect this brings on the orchestral groups and general activities of the festival. Participants who are accepted must stay for the entire two weeks of the course.
-I can go to FEMUSC, but I must leave a day early (after receiving the last class) because I need to return to my home. Is this a problem?
All participants must remain in FEMUSC and participate in the Closing Concert, without exception. Participants who leave Jaragua do Sul before this time will be considered as having abandoned the course, and will not receive their Certificate of Participation, which is delivered only after the Closing Concert, and only to the person whose name appears on the Certificate.
-Which program should I apply to, and why are there are so many?
FEMUSC is divided into various Programs of Study, each assigned to a different profile of participants, and with a distinct curriculum as well. We suggest you research the different programs in the FEMUSC site before making your decision.
-How much does it cost to attend FEMUSC?
The admissions fee is R$350 (three hundred and fifty Brazilian real – approximately $200 US dollars) and this applies to all participants in all courses. If you are invited to enroll you will be required to pay this fee to guarantee your place, otherwise it will be offered to the next person on the waiting list. For foreign students with difficulty in sending money overseas, it may be possible to guarantee your place by submitting a copy of your paid flight reservation to the festival, and you would then pay the admissions fee upon your arrival in Jaragua do Sul for the festival. The admissions fee is only partially refundable, and only in specific cases and percentages depending on how long before the event a refund request is sent. For more information see the rules of the event:http://www.femusc.com.br/11/regulamento/ (soon to be translated).
-What is covered by the registration fee and participation in this event?
FEMUSC offers basic accommodations, all meals, classes and concerts to all participants. In some concerts, however, access is limited and tickets (free) must be obtained in advance.
-How can I apply?
FEMUSC application forms are offered exclusively through the site www.femusc.com.br
-What do I need to have available to make my application?
Before making your registration, each participant must make a recording and post it on YouTube, Yahoo Video or other common format on the Internet, whose link will then be inserted in the online application form. In addition to the recording, FEMUSC also requires all candidates (except candidates for ProMusc) to have the name and email of a teacher who can recommend you. A digital letter of recommendation will then be automatically sent to your teacher.
- How do I know if my application was received?
After clicking “Finalizar” at the end of the application process, your file will lock up and remain unchanged from then on. The following message will appear on the final page: “The registration process was successful.
-When making my application, I received an error message. What do I do?
The application system has a time limit, after which it automatically turns itself off. If you got this error message, please exit the site and re-enter.
-What is the minimum recording duration?
FEMUSC requires only 3 to 5 minutes of music for your audition. However, candidates may send recordings of any duration they wish.
-Is there any required repertoire for audition recording?
The repertoire is all a free choice of the candidate.
-If acceptance to the Intermediate Program is based solely on the order of arrival of my application, why should I still send an audition recording?
Although the recording will not be used to make any acceptance decisions into the Intermediate Program, FEMUSC still needs to make post-application educational decisions based on the recording, such as the distribution of students in classes and placement in the orchestras.
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
-I don’t have a teacher at this moment. How can I send the recommendation?
In the absence of a teacher who knows your abilities, you can choose a band or orchestra conductor, a professional musician, the Director of your school of music, or other person who has the ability to offer FEMUSC a sound analysis of your performance level.
-My teacher does not like to use email or internet, and will not respond to the recommendation request on time. What do I do?
FEMUSC suggests that you always talk to the person who will recommend you before you enter their name and email in your application form. If the person cannot or is unable to assist you with the recommendation, we suggest you first search for another, more agreable person to do so, and then place that person’s name and email address in your application.
-My teacher is very busy. Is the letter of recommendation complicated to send? Does it takes a long time to write and submit it back to FEMUSC?
The letter of recommendation is quick and very simple to fill. In general, one can answer all the simple, multiple choice questions and send it back in about a minute or two.
-My teacher claims he has received no email from FEMUSC requesting a letter of recommendation for me. What happened?
Ask your teacher to look for it in his/her spam box.
-My teacher prefers to send a written letter, and not fill the digital information on the Internet. Where can he send it to?
You cannot submit letters of recommendation other than through the digital and specific link sent by FEMUSC, which will then be automatically added to your application file for review by teachers anywhere in the world. Written letters will not be accepted, as they could not be processed automatically in this manner.
PROGRAM of STUDY
-After I was accepted into the Intermediate Program, can I transfer to the Advanced?
That is not possible. You cannot transfer from one program to another.
-Can I attend FEMUSC’s Intermediate Program on one instrument, and the Advanced Program in another?
This is not possible. All of FEMUSC’s Programs are full time courses. There is not enough time to participate in two instruments or two programs simultaneously.