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Application, Tuition & Housing: Sequoia


June 19-25, 2022

How to Apply & Deadlines

Sequoia accepts 45-55 intermediate and advanced students with strong sight-reading skills, ages 12 to 20.

The workshop accepts players of violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn. Pianists with good reading skills are also encouraged to apply.

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The application deadline is May 15, at which time the selection process will begin. Applications received after this time will be considered, if there are still places available.

Applications are to include:

  1. a completed application form
  2. a teacher recommendation form submitted directly by the teacher (not needed for returning applicants)
  3. an audition recording: CD, DVD, .mp3

A $50 non-refundable application fee must be paid online between Dec. 1, 2020 and May 15, 2022. Please check back for more information.

Tuition & Housing Fees

Non-refundable application fee: $50

Tuition: $490. A discount of 10% will be available to additional children of families sending more than one child to the workshop.

Housing: Housing: Single, $504; Double, $444. Package includes six nights lodging and three meals per most full days, dinner on Sunday the 19th, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday the 25th.

Financial Aid

Given the very low student/teacher ratio, the costs for attending Sequoia are relatively modest. Nonetheless, we recognize that they may be beyond the means of the families of some highly qualified and deserving players. Therefore, Sequoia will do everything it can, within its own financial limitations, to make it possible for these students to attend. Any requests for partial tuition grants should be made at the time of the application and should include a copy of the first two pages of the parents' latest Federal Tax returns.


Sequoia takes place on the gorgeous campus of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Ca. HSU is home to one of the largest chamber music libraries on the west coast, a collection of more than 13,000 pieces for every imaginable combination of instruments. This extensive library provides students with the opportunity to explore rare and interesting works, as well as old favorites.

Rehearsals, classes and performances take place in the two music buildings on campus which include a number of rehearsal and practice rooms and a ping-pong table and lounge area for recreation between coaching sessions.

Workshop students are housed in residence halls on the campus. Students are separated on different floors by gender, and supervised by male and female dorm monitors who enforce the nightly curfew.

Sequoia's rules and policies conform to all laws pertaining to smoking, drug and alcohol use, as well as to regulations concerning health, safety, and environmental protection. Additional rules, such as curfews, have been established to protect student and staff privacy and safety. All rules will be strictly enforced, and willful violation can lead to immediate dismissal from the workshop without refund.

For more information, contact the director:

Dr. Bill Harrington, DMA
(510) 507-9738
sequoia@humboldt.edu for more information and to be added to the mailing list