(Frequently Asked Questions)

What are the 2024 Festival Dates?

The festival begins on Sunday, August 4th, 2024 through Sunday, August 18th, 2024


What is the location of SMF 2024?

The festival will be held at EF Academy, 582 Columbus Ave, Thornwood, NY 10594.  See the Festival Location page for more details.


What are the arrival and departure times for the festival?

Arrival/Check in:  Sunday, August 4th between *12:00-4:00pm

Departure/Check out:  Sunday, August 18th between *8:00am-12:00pm

*If you need to arrive or depart outside of these times, please email the SMF Staff ([email protected]) to make special arrangements.


The Orientation meeting will be Sunday, August 4th at 4pm in the Performance Hall.  

All students, parents, and staff are expected to attend this meeting. At the orientation meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Directors, Staff and some of the faculty members. You will also receive a glimpse of how SMF will operate over the next two weeks.


Are the Dorm Rooms furnished?

YES! Each Dorm room has a bed, mattress, mattress encasement, desk, desk chair, desk lamp, end table, garbage can, under bed drawers, wardrobe closet with 5 clothes hangers and window shade. All dorm rooms have an independent in-room cooling system (air conditioning).


Will I have a private bathroom?

YES! Each dorm room will have an in-suite bathroom.


Are Linens provided or should I bring my own?

Yes, linens are provided!  However, please feel free to bring your own, if that makes you more comfortable. Upon arrival into your dorm room, you will find:

·        Set of Linens (1 pillow, 1 pillow case, 1 fitted sheet, 1 top sheet, 1 summer blanket)

·        Set of Towels (1 bath towel, 1 hand towel)

·        3 rolls of toilet paper

We recommend bringing a bath mat plus any other items (toiletries) that would help make your stay more comfortable.


Will meals be provided?

YES! The Boarding fee includes daily meals.  The Cafeteria will be open for meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) every day during specific meal times (TBD). There are also vending machines throughout the campus for additional snacks and drinks.

Please email us at with any food allergies or restrictions!


What are the Cafeteria Hours? 


Brunch TBD

Dinner TBD


Breakfast TBD

Lunch TBD

Dinner TBD


Is there a daily schedule?

YES! However, depending on the instrument, students’ schedules may vary. In general, students should expect to be in classes, seminars, and chamber music (if registered) every day.  Individual lessons are 2 times per week (total of 4).  Additional Individual lessons may also be purchased during the festival upon approval by the SMF Directors. Other events will be announced through email or posted by the Registration desk. Concert Series schedule will be posted shortly.

Individual Safety Protocols are still in place for Students, Faculty and Staff – All Participants MUST continue to:

·        Wash your hands with soap and safe water frequently. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, if hands are visibly dirty and prior to all meals.

·        Be alert for symptoms! Should you begin to have symptoms – fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, lightheadedness, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID, please let us know ASAP!


Upon check-in, please make sure that the SMF Registration desk has verified your contact information as well as the primary way to communicate with you while on campus (text, email, message apps).




This deposit covers the key to your room, lock system to your room plus any potential room damages. Please bring a check or money order made out to Summit Music Festival or USD cash. This deposit will be returned to you upon check out AFTER we have inspected your room (all trash removed) and all keys returned to us.


ROOM ASSIGNMENTS for Boarding Students, Faculty & Guests

Room assignments are made at the discretion of the Summit Music Festival based on capacity and supervisory requirements.



All students under 18 years old who board on the campus must have a parent/guardian sign the TEMPORARY GUARDIAN Form and name Summit Music Festival/David Krieger as the temporary guardian. If the student is traveling with a teacher who is also boarding, name the teacher as the temporary guardian. Teachers NOT BOARDING on the campus cannot be listed a temporary guardian. If a parent is boarding with the student, a Temporary Guardian form is not required.

Your room will be assigned to a specific Summit Music Festival Resident Assistant. The Resident Assistant is there to help answer your questions and to solve any issues you have with the dormitory or facilities. The Resident Assistant is also responsible for maintaining the order in the dorms and for enforcing all the Rules and Policies of Summit Music Festival and EF Academy. If the Resident Assistants and/or the Dormitory Supervisor are unable to resolve an issue with you directly, then the Executive Director will be called to assist.  The Resident Assistants must report all incidents to the Dormitory Supervisor/SMF Staff as soon as possible.



The Summit Music Festival has a curfew of 10pm for all boarding students. All students under the age of 18 must be in their own rooms at this time. We also restrict practicing hours to 9am-10pm. Resident Assistants and Dorm Supervisors are required to enforce these rules. No practicing in empty rooms, hallways or lounge areas.



If you are a boarding string student, it is suggested that you practice in your room when possible. The day students have priority for practice rooms between the hours of 10am-5pm. The Boarding students have priority for practice rooms between the hours of 5pm-10pm.  Again, practicing is NOT allowed in empty rooms, hallways, and lounge areas and during the overnight hours (10pm-9am)! 



There is a laundry room located in the same corridor as the dorm rooms. A pamphlet will be provided to you upon check-in with instructions on how to download the App in order to use the laundry machines.



Students are responsible for bringing their own trash to the trash rooms located within the same corridor as the dorm rooms. Students may not leave trash outside their doors; it must be brought to the trash rooms.



During the Festival, please do not hesitate to walk over to the SMF Registration desk between the hours of 8am-6pm or find the SMF Dorm Supervisor/Resident Assistant during the evening hours from 6pm-9am.  For any non-urgent questions or comments, please email us – [email protected].